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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Pensioners Association urges govt to improve retirement benefits

The Ghana Government Pensioners Association (GGPA) has made a passionate appeal to the government to enhance the remuneration of workers to ensure an appreciable retirement plan and pay.

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) made an upward adjustment by an average of 25 percent on pension benefits earlier this year as part of its annual pension indexation.

However, at a ceremony to mark the United Nations International Day of Older Persons in Accra, the association’s national secretary, Joe Quist, urged the government to strengthen measures aimed at protecting Ghana’s aging population.

“The GGPA once again wishes to use this forum to suggest the following concerns for the government of Ghana to give it candid consideration and action; let us decentralise the working of retirement benefits, let social welfare set up homes for the older persons to avoid creating paupers on the streets of Ghana, and the government must enhance the take-home pay of ordinary workers and not managing directors, not MPs, not presidents who are taking enough already in order to reflect handsomely in their retirement pay when they come on retirement.”

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