The Ladies Club of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) in the Northern Region has started a market activation to encourage the Self-Employed Enrolment Drive (SEED), an initiative launched on 9 May 2023 by the scheme.
Festus Darko-Pereko, the Tamale area manager of SSNIT, said the initiative will guarantee contributors who qualify a regular source of income a monthly pension during old age until death and offer disability insurance to contributors in the event of invalidity, among others.
It will also provide life insurance by paying the survivors of members who pass on lump sums.
It also exempts members from paying National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) premiums and, above all, ensures that every worker has social protection.
SEED focuses on enrolling self-employed persons and workers in the informal sector on the SSNIT Scheme to contribute regularly on their full earnings.
It provides social protection in the form of partial income in old age or retirement. To ensure that self-employed persons and workers in the informal sector have social protection and a monthly pension, among others, according to Albert Owusu Boateng, Tamale Branch Manager.
In order to create awareness and encourage the informal sector workers, especially women in the market, to get enrolled in the scheme, Staff from the Trust took to the principal streets of Tamale Central Business Districts (CBD) to promote the Self-Employed Enrolment Drive (SEED), which aims to admit many more contributors from the informal sector.
The President of the SSNIT Ladies Club and also the Public Relations Officer of Tamale Area, Fauzia Munkaila, says it is important for women to sign up for the Self-Employed Enrolment Drive (SEED) since they are the backbone of the family so as to help the home.