The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has held its 6th edition of the SSNIT info shop at the Central Campus of the University of Education, Winneba.
SSNIT organised the event in collaboration with the University Students Associations of Ghana with the aim of activating the interest of students in social security planning ahead of retirement.
Speaking to Citi News at the event under the theme “SSNIT your security for tomorrow,” the Director-General of SSNIT, Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang advised students to register early on the scheme to ensure income security.
He stressed that the scheme was set up to receive contributions from members as young as age 15 and above.
“The SSNIT scheme can receive contributions from as young as age 15 to 45 years so there is no need to wait till you are old before you start contributing,” the Director-General added.
He also indicated that many individuals are ignorant of the fact that they need to demand for payment of their SSNIT contributions from their employers the moment they start working adding that “the amount of money you will receive is directly related to how long you have saved.”
“This is one of the strategies we are using to get individuals to know the purpose of paying their SSNIT and paying them on time.” the Director-General said.
He also urged students to prepare to take charge of their social security as they enter the working environment.
“You must be ready to take charge of your Social Security, it is very important,” he added.