More people are showing interest in our Mobile Service -SSNIT

September 7, 2021 By 0 Comments

Management of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has indicated that Ghanaians are developing interest in their SSNIT Mobile Service (SMS).

According to the management, more than 10,000 people accessed the services of SSNIT through the mobile service centres during the just ended SMS week, which commenced on September 1 and ended on September 3.

Data available to SSNIT indicates that 40 out of the 51 branches of the Trust nationwide recorded the number of people who visited the centres to access the Trust’s services, management said.

The Pension House, Accra Central, and Kokomlemle centres recorded more than 400 visits by September 1, 2021 and some of the remaining centres had also recorded between 200 to 300 visits from patrons and members, it said.

The SSNIT Mobile Service (SMS) Week is an annual exercise where staffs of the Trust pitch camp at vantage locations across the country to bring its services to the doorstep of its Clients.

This year’s SMS Week was focused on creating a favorable platform to enable more informal sector workers to sign onto the SSNIT Scheme.

It was on the theme “Retirement Security for the Self–Employed: Join SSNIT Today as a Voluntary Contributor”.

Speaking in an interview, the Corporate Affairs Manager of SSNIT, Ms. Afua Sarkidie, indicated that the exercise forms part of the Trust’s efforts to constantly engage with its Members and the public by focusing on member and client satisfaction.

“As at Wednesday, September 1, 2021 the number of people that had visited our centres was quite encouraging. This shows the growing interest in the Scheme and is indicative of the goodwill, support and trust, SSNIT has worked to establish with its members and the public over the period”, she noted.

Informal sector participation

The Corporate Affairs Manager indicated that currently, less than 20,000 members out of over 1.6 million SSNIT contributors are self-employed.

“As part of efforts to increase informal sector participation in the SSNIT Scheme, officials of SSNIT embarked on its Mobile Service Week exercise to provide solutions regarding registrations, contributions and benefits under the Scheme”, she said.

Highlighting the steps being taken by SSNIT to rope in more self-employed workers onto the Scheme, Ms. Sarkodie explained that the Trust will soon begin discussions with the leadership of various trade groups in the informal sector to expand coverage to its workers.

“These discussions are aimed at driving full participation of informal sector workers in the SSNIT Scheme by registering to join the Scheme and get benefits upon retirement, just as their counterparts in the formal sector”, she explained.

These groups include; Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Ghana Actors Guild and small businesses under the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), formerly National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).

Aside the SMS, other services that were provided at the various centres included issuance of Statements of Accounts, SSNIT and NIA numbers merger and Renewal of Pensioner Certificates.

The rest were benefits processing initiation and benefit status verification, employer registration, submission and validation of Contribution Reports, resolution of compliance issues and general enquiries.