Government has described as false, media reports suggesting that it has withdrawn the current pension scheme for police and other security services (CAP 30).
In a release from the Ministry of Information, the government noted that the publication was maliciously fabricated to court disaffection for government amongst the office.
It also clarified that it has no intention to “migrate the Ghana Police Service from CAP 30 as being rumoured since the government recognizes the supreme sacrifices the service makes for the country.
“Government by this release reiterates its position that it has not and does not intend to withdraw CAP 30 Pension Scheme or any Pension Scheme of any of the country’s security services. The government will not make any changes that will make the Police or any security Personnel worse off, not while serving or on retirement”.
Government condemns in no uncertain terms attempts by unscrupulous persons to cause confusion within the ranks of security services, urges the media to exercise great discretion and the highest ethical standards when reporting on security and related matters.”
In conclusion, the government called for restraint among the security officers as well as the general public and expressed its commitment to the “welfare of the country’s security personnel.”
The concerns to most workers’ groups have been the low pensions received by workers under the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) Pension Scheme compared to those still under Chapter 30 of the 1950 British Colonial Ordinances (Pension Ordinance No. 42), popularly known as CAP 30.
Police will remain on cap 30 pension scheme
In 2019, the Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery had stated that the Government will not vary the Police Service’s pension scheme to the disadvantage of police officers.
He said, “the President will not permit any change that will make security personnel suffer and that any such changes will not affect the Ghana Police Service”
The assurance came after the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations disclosed that Cabinet had granted approval for all pension schemes under Act 766, which will ensure that all members of the security agencies, except officers and men of the Armed Forces, make a personal contribution to the SSNIT Pension Scheme – this was not welcomed by the officers.
The Minority in parliament at the time condemned the move, describing it as a “retrogressive decision”