The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) undertook a public education exercise in the Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre on March 4, 2020. SSNIT sensitised the entire staff of the University on the National Pensions Law, Act, 766 of 2008, benefits under tier 1 and calculation of old age pension. In his address, Mr Twumasi Twum, the Branch Manager of SSNIT indicated that under the new law, anyone born after 1960 is under Act 766 and is therefore required to work for a minimum of 15 years or 180 months at age 55 or 60 to qualify for reduced pension or old age pension respectively.

Mr Deku Ronald Yao, head of the Benefits Unit, took staff through the five types of pension benefits namely; pension, invalidity, old age, emigration lump sum and survivors benefits. He most importantly indicated that in all the circumstances, contributors must note that as a way of guaranteeing expeditious processing of pension benefits, the following must be strictly adhered to.

  1. Clients must not have guaranteed any student loan which is left unsettled,
  2. There must not be any issue with client’s date of birth,
  3. All children born out of wedlock must be properly given their share of benefits,
  4. The SSNIT must be notified in situations where there is change of name and
  5. Clients are encouraged to request for statements of their contributions regularly.

Mr Smart Bredu and Ms Eunice N. K. Owusu took turns to provide information to staff. Mr Bredu encouraged staff to regularly visit the nearest offices of SNIT for any issues that may boarder on their pensions and contributions. He further indicated that staff may send the following details:

  • Full name
  • SSNIT number
  • Contact number
  • E-mail address to to request for electronic statements of contributions.


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