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Prioritise SSNIT Pension Scheme As Insurance On Your Income – Director General To Informal Workers

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Prioritise SSNIT Pension Scheme As Insurance On Your Income – Director General To Informal Workers

The Social, Security and National Insurance Trust is urging all Ghanaian workers, particularly those in the informal sector to prioritise  the pension scheme as an insurance on their income.

According to its Director General, Dr.  Ofori-Tenkorang, his outfit’s mission is to ensure that 80% of Ghanaian workers who are in the informal sector are given social protection, through the pension scheme.

Speaking to the media during the “SSNIT Mobile Service Week” which ends today, the Director General of SSNIT said “this year, we’ve decided to focus on the people [self-employed] in the informal sector. There is about 80% of workers in this country who are in the informal sector, and that is what the statistics show. If we are to make any in-roads with regard to social protection, then this large section of workers need to be attended to”.

He pointed out that the SSNIT Scheme now is generous scheme, adding “we are the only institution in town that can tell you we will pay till the good Lord calls you home. There are people who are in the public sector and the structured public sector who have benefited from this scheme to the point that they are earning ¢80,000, ¢100,000, ¢10,000 a month”.

“But the narrative has been the SSNIT Scheme is always for government workers, and so the message I want tell Ghanaians is that SSNIT is not only for government workers”, he added.

“If you are self-employed and you are running a legitimate business, as long as you are earning income related to your occupation you can come and join the SSNIT scheme, and we will insure those incomes for you. I want people to think about SSNIT scheme as insurance; insurance on your incomes that you are earning, so that one day when you want to make a claim we will replace that income for you in perpetuity until God calls you”, he further explained.

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Informal workers to pay pensions via MoMo, others

The Director General of SSNIT said workers in the informal sector including traders would soon pay for their social security scheme via their mobile money or even the app on their phones.

Though he admitted the Trust has not done much in telling its story to workers, particularly those in the informal economy, there is exciting times ahead.

“We at SSNIT have not done a very good job in telling the people what we do and letting people feel that they can come to us. When we talk to people in the informal sector, the semi structured informal sector- people who have shops, who are probably earning more money than yourself and myself put together – they say that look we didn’t know that we could do that. So far, the response has been good and that our job is to make it easy for them [informal workers] to come and join us and that is why we are rolling out the Ghana card as a form of identification that is needed to sign up onto the SSNIT Scheme.”

“As I have been saying for a while, very very soon such people in the informal sector can pay their SSNIT with mobile money or even the app on their phones, and so on. There is exciting times ahead for SSNIT and the Ghanaian worker and again I will like to use your platform to entreat all workers to take a second look at SSNIT because what we do have is a very good scheme.

This year’s theme seeks to sensitize self-employed persons on the importance of joining and contributing to the SSNIT Scheme as voluntary contributors to secure their retirement.

 

 

 

 

 

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GHS Declares December As Month Of Vaccination

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COVID-19: Second Jab Of AstraZeneca Vaccine Starts Tomorrow, August 31

The Ghana Health Service has declared December as the ‘month of vaccination.

This was announced by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, at a press briefing on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Speaking at the presser, Dr Kuma-Aboagye disclosed that the country is expected to receive over 7 million Covid-19 vaccines before the year ends.

“With the increasing and availability of vaccines in reasonable quantities in the pipeline, we are declaring December the month of vaccination,” he said.

He stated that due to an anticipated surge in active cases after the Christmas festivities, the Service has enhanced its measures aimed at putting the situation under control.

“Currently, what we are doing is that we’re taking the vaccines to the people. We’re going to schools, workplaces, churches, churches, and mosques, lorry parks, market places, sports stadiums, house to house to vaccinate people and ensure that more people are vaccinated,” he said.

“We’re going to increase surveillance, contact tracing will be enhanced, religious institutions will be engaged to ensure that the protocols are observed at all functions, and we’re going to work with the security institutions to ensure that the protocols are observed,” he added.

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Touching on the numbers that have so far been vaccinated, he indicated that 21% of the expected population (i.e government’s target of vaccinating 20 million people before the end of 2021) have received at least a dose of the vaccines, adding that 7% of the expected population have been fully vaccinated.

He further noted that though the country has seen a significant reduction in the cases, there is still the need to strictly adhere to the safety protocols.

According to him, a total of 1,980,369 tests have been conducted so far. Out of this figure, “131,082 cases have been confirmed, the number of active cases stands at 713, deaths recorded stands at 1,220, there are still 22 severe cases, and 0 critical conditions.

 

 

 

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Seven Interesting Facts You Should Know About NSMQ Finalist, Francesca Lamini

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Seven Interesting Facts You Should Know About NSMQ Finalist, Francesca Lamini

The almighty KETASCO has proven herself worthy by striving to battle with the giants, PRESEC and PREMPEH in the grande final of the most anticipated NSMQ.

Not only are they being applauded by their outstanding performance, their also being praised for producing the only female contestant to appear on the quiz’s finals in 8 years

In view of this, GhArticles.com presents to you 7 interesting facts about Francisca Lamini who became a household name after her participation in the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) 2021. Owing to her exceptional performance alongside, Bright Senyo Gadzo and James Lutterodt, they were able to send their school, KETASCO to the finals.

Below are 7 interesting facts about Francisca Lamini:

  1. Francisca Lamini is the first female contestant to make it into the NSMQ finals in the last 8 years: It is hard for females to make it to the finals, but she was able to support her team till they reached the finale of the competition.
  2. Lamini was declared the most outstanding Female contestant: Owing to her brilliant performance, she was declared the most outstanding female contestant of the NMSQ 2021.
  3. She is the member of Church of Pentecost: Not only is she serious with her books. She is also committed to her relationship with God. She is the PENSA president at her school, KETASCO.
  4. She is the first female to send Volta Region to NSMQ finals: In the history of the NSMQ, no school from Volta Region has ever made it to the finals, Together with her team, Francisca Lamini and her friends were able to achieve this.
  5. Francisca Lamini was always on top of her class from Primary to JHS: She started setting the records of excellence from childhood. She is said to have been a top performer from her primary school days to JHS. She continued in the same light to SHS.
  6. She’s the first KETASCO female student to reach NSMQ finals.
  7. She confirmed scoring 8A’s when she sat for the Nov/Dec WASSCE while in second.
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Police Arrest Police Officer Over Sexually Harassing A Woman In Viral Video

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Police Arrest Police Officer Over Sexually Harassing A Woman In Viral Video

A police officer with the Operations Unit of the Bono Regional Police Command, seen in a viral video sexually harassing a woman, has been arrested to aid investigations.

General Lance Corporal Victor Antwi Yeboah is seen in the video touching the thighs of the female victim, who was screaming in the background asking what the officer was doing.

A statement released by the police said he was arrested “for violating the dignity of the victim and is currently assisting the investigations.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the male person involved in that shameful and despicable act is a Police officer stationed at the Regional Operations Unit, Bono Regional Police Command.”

The Inspector-General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has reportedly reached out to the victim and “assured her of thorough police investigations.”

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She has also been assured of other necessary support including psychological care and trauma therapy.

“The Police Administration further assures the victim and the public that full investigations will be conducted into the matter and the public will be updated in due course.

“We unreservedly apologise to the affected woman in particular for what she experienced and to the public at large since the matter affects the very moral foundation of our country,” it said.

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