Pensioners(right) undergoing a registration process
Pensioners in the Cape Coast metropolis over the weekend boycotted the health screening exercise which was organised by the National Executive Council of the Pensioners Association of Ghana over the weekend.
Although other pensioners in all the districts in the region participated in the exercise, those in Cape Coast refused to participate in the exercise with an excuse that they were not properly informed.
The irate pensioners verbally lashed out at both the regional and the national executives as a way to express their displeasure about the unfair manner in which they were being treated by their executives.
It took the intervention of some police officers from the Kotokuraba District Police Command to ensure peace and order at their offices in Cape Coast.
Briefing DAILY GUIDE on the issue, Thomas Kwamena Appiah, the district chairman of the association, said the National Executive Council came out with a move to organise a medical screening programme for its members to ensure their welfare.
Mr Appiah added that the executives failed to tell them anything until a week ago when the health personnel came to their office to conduct a health screening; a situation which compelled them to boycott the exercise.
He expressed concern about the way SSNIT has been going round making noise that their pension pay has been increased to 100%, and therefore urged the public to treat the statement as a blatant lie.
The District Chairman has advised SSNIT to as a matter of urgency to stop deducting their monies for any health screening ‘because we are not in agreement with the negotiations.’
The National Women’s Organiser of the Pensioner’s Association of Ghana, Janet Amarley Esseku, noted that the deductions were only being made to support the members of the association, adding, ‘We deducted the money in consultation with their regional executives.’
From Sarah Afful, Cape Coast
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