The director general of the Social Security National Insurance Trust(SSNIT) Dr Ofori Tenkorang disclosed this when he was interviewed by the Deputy Editor for the Graphic Business, Mr Charles Benoni Okine on the graphic talks 360 series.
“Our current pension scheme says when you are 75 years and you pass away, then SSNIT doesn’t have any further obligation towards you or your survivors. Before that age, if there is an untimely death, there is some residual amount that would be paid to your survivors.
“We send the pension amount every month straight to the bank accounts so if you are above 75 years and you pass away, if we do not know that you have passed away, we will just keep sending every month because we had no way of knowing. And if the survivors know that after 75 years they have nothing left to get from us, then it is in their interest not to tell us,” he explained.
He said SSNIT, therefore, introduced a system that required pensioners who are above 75 years to show up at any of their offices nationwide to authenticate themselves biometrically every year.
Dr Ofori expressed that the biometric exercise will simply help them to erase the name of those who have passed away. He said if they had not ensued that process they would always pay to ghost.
He summoned it up by telling pensioner’s that the money they receive every month is not for the purpose of building a house or paying school fees. The purpose of it is to serve as a daily manner till they pass away.