SSNIT-NIA: Over 900,000 numbers merged

August 30, 2021 By 0 Comments

More than 900,000 SSNIT Members have so far merged their Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and National Identification Authority (NIA) numbers since the exercise commenced on 28th June, 2021.

The Director-General of SSNIT, Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang, revealed this last Thursday during the 11th Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU) held at the University of Professional Studies in Accra (UPSA).

“Already, over 900,000 have had their numbers merged.

The plan is that from 2022, the Ghana Card will be the only accepted means of identification required for Members to transact business with SSNIT.”, he said.

The SSNIT boss urged members who are yet to merge their SSNIT and NIA numbers to do so by dialing the short code *711*9#, visiting the SSNIT website or going to any of the SSNIT branches to have their numbers merged.

This merger is simply a process to link the SSNIT numbers of Members to their NIA numbers, i.e. the Personal ID Number on the Ghana Card. What this means is that the NIA numbers will become Members’ SSNIT numbers after the merger.

This is expected to provide convenience and comfort for Members as they will only use one card, the Ghana Card, for all transactions with the Trust.

The merger is also in compliance with directives from the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) and Regulation 7 (1) of the National Identity Register Regulations, 2012, L.I. 2111 which requires the use of the Ghana Card as identification for “transactions pertaining to individuals in respect of pensions”.

The Conference

The event brought together delegates from 11 regions. Institutions and organisations including Ghana Employers’ Association (GEA) and the National Labour Commission (NLC) were also present.

Touching on the conversation on low pension which is of immense interest to Members of the SSNIT Scheme, Dr.Ofori-Tenkorang said it has become necessary to shift the conversation from low pensions to low insurable incomes, that is salaries.

He explained that people often talk about how long they have contributed to the SSNIT Scheme as against the perceived low amounts they receive as pensions, but the conversation hardly includes how much they declared to SSNIT as basic salaries or what they paid to the Scheme monthly.

“The fact is that the salaries on which one contributes, determines the pension that is paid. In short, the factors that determine how much you receive as benefits depend on you – the Member,” he stressed.

Dr Ofori-Tenkorang explained for instance that 11% contribution guarantees a Member up to a maximum of 60% of the average of your three years’ best annual salaries, depending on the number of years you have contributed.

The event brought together 410 delegates from 11 regions was organised on the theme: “The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on business and labour: The role of social partners.”