July 25, 2024
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9m Ghanaian Workers Without Pension – NPRA

About nine mil­lion people work­ing in the country without any form of pension risk slumping into retirement without income security, the Head of the Corporate Affairs of the National Pensions Regula­tory Authority (NPRA), Nana Sifa Twum, has stated.

He said that between the next five and 10 years, the working individuals without any form of pension would retire poor and become a liability on their families and society if the situation was not addressed.

Nana Twum who stated this in an interview after the launch of Pension Sunday at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church at Osu in Accra at the weekend, said the low pension penetration in the infor­mal sector was due to the notion that pension was created for only formal sector workers.

The NPRA in collaboration with the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has instituted and launched the Pension Sunday, to among other things, educate and sensitise church members to improve pension liter­acy and enhance pension coverage in the country.

First Sunday of every October will be observed in all the 5000 Presbyterian congregations across the country as Pensions Sunday to create awareness among members and non-members alike to under­stand, appreciate and participate in contributing to pension schemes.

Mr Twum said it was estimated that about 85 per cent of the work­ing population in the country was found in the informal sector and that painted a very gloomy picture of the Ghanaian working force.

He said the NPRA was work­ing to bring more informal sector workers on pension, stating that

“Less than one per cent informal sector workers were on pension, but the NPRA has worked hard to bring about seven per cent of them onto pension schemes.”

“Many pragmatic programmes have been put in place by the au­thority to raise the figure to about 25 per cent in the next five years,” Mr Twum stated.

He announced that the authority was working towards replicating Pensions Sunday in all churches.

Launching the programme, the Moderator of the General Assem­bly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Reverend Professor J.O.Y Mante, expressed optimism that the programme would bring about the needed awareness among Ghanaians, especially members of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and to whip up their enthusiasm to plan for their retirement.

He said the bible required Christians to live in dignity and financially sound and therefore the programme had come at the right time when people would prepare well towards their retirement.

Right Reverend Mante explained that the church worked towards the holistic wellbeing of its members and as members were fed with the spiritual information, they must also be well-educated on social and economic issues.

He called on the leadership of the Presbyterian churches in the country to liaise with the NPRA in the regions to make the pro­gramme successful.

Right Reverend Mante called on the government to institute every October as a pension month to create awareness on pension matters.

Source: Ghanaian Times

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