Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang
The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), has emerged as the Outstanding Ghanaian Owned Corporate Organisation of the year 2019.
This was during the 7th virtual Made in Ghana Awards (MIGA), an initiative under the auspices of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana and endorsed by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).
The Awards ceremony was held last Saturday, 19th September, 2020 in Accra on GTV and Joy Prime TV.
A citation read during the event stated that the efforts in refocusing the Trust’s business as a credible, high performing institution which resulted in the deletion of over 12,000 non-existent pensioners from the pension payroll, saving the Trust over GH¢106 million is indeed phenomenal.
It added that the comprehensive value for money audit carried out on SSNIT investments to guide investment decisions and other policy framework deserve great commendation.
The Made in Ghana Awards is to recognize and reward indigenous companies and institutions whose products and services have positively impacted not only the people, but the economy at large.
Speaking in an interview, the Director General of SSNIT, Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang was grateful to the organisers of the Awards for recognising the hardwork the Board of Trustees and Management have put in to make the Trust an organisation worthy of this honour.
“The Trust has worked assiduously to ensure that pensioners are paid within 14 days after a formal application has been made as compared to the many weeks it took to process and pay pensions previously”.
“We recognise that the payment of pensions should be hassle-free. There should be a seamless transition from being a contributor to becoming a retiree”, he stressed.
He urged all contributors to regularly check and update their records with the Trust.
Over the years, the Trust has made considerable efforts aimed at increasing the number of contributors to the Scheme through educating the public on the need to register and join the Scheme.
Indeed, SSNIT has implemented various policy initiatives aimed at broadening the public’s understanding on the activities of the Trust.
One of such initiatives recently introduced is the SSNIT Virtual Infozone, an information sharing platform that allows the Trust to use various digital meeting channels such as Facebook Live, Zoom among others to educate members about the SSNIT scheme and its benefits.
This innovation, Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang reiterated will go a long way to shape the public’s narrative of the Trust as well as highlight the benefits of joining the SSNIT scheme.
The event was organised on the theme: “Promoting and growing Indigenous Business ventures into World Class Brands.