Clients must take advantage of the ongoing doorstep biometric registration – SSNIT

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The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), has adopted a doorstep biometric registration strategy as part of efforts to biometrically register more workers onto the pension scheme.

According to the Officials, the objective is to register as many as possible, members of SSNIT, including pensioners who were yet to be captured under the on-going exercise.

Deputy Director-General, Operations and Benefits, SSNIT, Mrs Laurette Korkor Otchere briefed the media at Mamponteng in the Kwabre-East District of the Ashanti Region, that a lot of pensioners are not yet registered biometrically. She said, “As of today, we have thousands of pensioners who are yet to register,”

She added, that, s similar exercise for members aged 72 and above were done last year, which saw about eight thousand unknown names deactivated from the payroll. The affected clients who were still alive, however, had their benefits restored when they later came to register biometrically with a proof of their existence.

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She indicated that for pensioners under age 72 who were yet to register, it was necessary that they contacted the nearest SSNIT facility in order to be assisted to undergo the processes successfully.

Speaking to the media, she said, “Beginning this November, we will start the second phase of deleting from the payroll all ghost names.’’

She has therefore made it known to those who for some reasons could not be physically present for the biometric registration to notify SSNIT officials for home assistance.

“Managers of the Trust, has so far, saved a whopping figure in excess of GHC56 million through the de-activation of ghost names,” she added.

Deputy Director-General, Mrs Otchere also added that over GHC250 million was paid monthly to pensioners as benefits. The biometric registration has so far been conducted in areas like Obuasi, Konongo, Suame, Asafo, Boamang and Offinso and saw several pensioners showing interest and concern by coming on board.

 

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