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SSNIT Debt Crisis: Ghana’s Pension System Under Scrutiny Thomas Musah

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Recent revelations regarding Ghana’s Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) have sparked concerns about the stability of the country’s pension system.

Thomas Musah, the General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, has drawn attention to the severity of the issue, noting that warnings about the situation have been raised in previous reports.

According to Musah, the Auditor General’s report for 2021 reveals that the government’s debt to SSNIT stood at approximately GH¢4.4 billion as of December 2020. This figure ballooned to a staggering GH¢9.3 billion by December 2021, with GH¢6.9 billion attributed to penalties for late payments.

The complexity of SSNIT’s pension scheme, which guarantees fixed benefits regardless of the fund’s performance, exacerbates the situation. While providing retirees with security, this “defined benefit” model can strain finances if mismanaged, especially with compounding debts.

The repercussions of this crisis extend far and wide. If not addressed promptly, the debt could escalate to trillions, endangering the retirement plans of millions of workers.

Moreover, the disparity between the retirement benefits of Article 71 officeholders and those under Article 190 underscores the inequities within the pension system.

Addressing this impending crisis requires a united effort. Parliament, civil society organizations, the media, and the workforce must prioritize this issue to ensure the sustainability of Ghana’s pension system for future generations.

This is not merely a concern for the future; it is about safeguarding retirees’ ability to maintain a decent standard of living. The warning signs are glaring, and immediate action is imperative to avert a full-blown pension crisis.

Ghana cannot afford to overlook this issue any longer. It is time to prioritize the stability and sustainability of SSNIT for the well-being of all Ghanaian workers.


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