The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), has organized a day’s workshop for some selected journalists in the Ashanti Region aimed at building their capacity on the operations of SSNIT.
The workshop is also intended to equip journalists with the necessary information needed to educate the public on one of the major products which was recently launched by SSNIT, the Self-Employed Enrolment Drive (SEED).
In all journalists from ten media firms were selected to participate in the workshop which was held at Adum in the Kumasi Metropolis on Wednesday June 7, 2023.
The facilitators for the training workshop include the Public Affairs Manager for SNNIT Charles Akwei Garshong, Kumasi Area Manager for SSNIT, Mr Adomako Mensah and the Media Relations Officer for SSNIT, Mr Robert Dundas Whigham.
Journalists during the workshop were taking through the work of SSNIT as mandated by law, the importance of the SEED initiative and why self employed individuals must join without delay.
The event also afforded SSNIT to get feedback from the media personnel on ways to improve their service to well serve the country better.
Speaking to OTEC News Jacob Agyenim Boateng after the workshop, Charles Akwei Garshong during the workshop said it was important most of the people get enough information about the SEED initiative, adding that, journalists were one of the people who are well positioned to propagate the message.
The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) in May 2023 launched the Self-Employed Enrolment Drive (SEED), a product geared towards expanding coverage of the basic national social security scheme to self-employed Ghanaians
The initiative according to SSNIT was to redefine social security in Ghana and give hope to the self-employed to be able to retire in dignity and comfort.
Under the program, self employed workers who will join SSNIT will enjoy juicy benefits just like public sector worker s depending on their contributions to the fund.
Charles Akwei Garshong said the SEED initiative has made positive gains since its launch in Kumasi.
He added that, It is in line with the Trust’s mandate to extend pension coverage to all workers, especially the self-employed hence they will do everything possible to get the message down to the masses particularly those in the informal sector who are self employed.
Mr Garshong disclosed that, the number of self-employed persons enrolled on the trust has doubled in the past nine months.
He noted that, the numbers of self employed persons on SSNIT have shot from 32,000 to 34,378 few weeks after the launch of the program.
He urged workers in the country to ensure that their employers pay the right percentage as far as their contributions are concerned, adding that, the amount one contributes during his work days will determine what he or she gets during retirement.
Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Jacob Agyenim Boateng