Leaders of various Christian organizations across the country have been asked to sensitize members on the need to register with the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).
Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang, Chief Executive of SSNIT, said organizations, in addition to raising awareness among members, should also strive to pay employee dues to SSNIT.
“The SSNIT is open to all workers in Ghana. Do well to register and become members of the program and encourage your members or followers to do so. You are doing your employees a disservice if you do not pay their SSNIT dues,” he said.
The SSNIT boss was speaking during a stakeholder engagement with leaders of churches and Christian organizations in Accra.
The event, organized by SSNIT, was themed: “Extending pension coverage to the self-employed and informal sector workers – the role of the church”.
Christian organizations present included Anglican Church of Ghana, Church of Pentecost, Assemblies of God, Winners Chapel Ghana, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Methodist Church of Ghana, Aglow Women’s Ministry, Lighthouse Chapel, Catholic Church and Scripture Union.
The Director-General said the engagement was among many steps taken to broaden their reach through education on the benefits of SSNIT contributions.
He said faith leaders should help as peer educators to promote the SSNIT program and the value it offers to worshipers and other self-employed people.
Dr Ofori-Tenkorang said they should also serve as champions of social security by ensuring that the self-employed have social protection and a decent pension.
He urged Christian leaders to act as ambassadors to prevent poverty among church members, especially the elderly, and ensure workers have access to a reliable pension to alleviate poverty.
The chief executive denied claims that the scheme paid less, adding that with some contributors earning up to GH₵142,564.97 per month, the SSNIT scheme was the best.
“The SSNIT program is very generous. It offers unique benefits and delivers value that no other retirement product offers,” he added.
The Very Reverend Dr Robert Aboagye-Mensah, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church in Ghana. said retirement was an inevitable part of human existence, hence the need to plan for it.
He observed that while some ministers could comfortably retire at certain stages of their ministry, others who were self-employed saw their source of income cut off.
This, he said, is because these self-employed have found themselves in the informal sector without any structured pension scheme.
He said it was the responsibility of ministers of the gospel to promote the holistic development of Christians in the country, hence the need for awareness raising.
Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, President of Worldwide Miracle Outreach and Lawrence Tetteh Ministries commended SSNIT for their commitment and asked them to reach out to the people in plain language.
The pastor urged the Christian community to make the payment of SSNIT dues an integral part of its operations to secure the future of its workers.