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GH¢43m saved after clearing pension’s payroll – SSNIT

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GH¢43m saved after clearing pension’s payroll – SSNIT

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has saved a whopping GH¢43million as of April this year after deleting over 6,300 ghost pensioners from its payroll.

The Trust in February last year began an exercise to clean the pension’s payroll of ghost names in collaboration with the banks, which monitored dormant accounts over time and terminated those it deemed ghost pensioners.

Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang, the Director-General of SSNIT who made this known, indicated that cleaning the pensions payroll formed part of the prudent internal and external management and cost-saving practices aimed at building a robust self-sustaining Scheme.

SSNIT has a total of 1,551,718 active contributors as of March 2019 and 205,094 pensioners on its payroll with the highest paid pensioner receiving GHS55,899.57 a month, while the minimum pension paid is GHS300.00.

Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang was speaking at an educational forum organised by SSNIT in collaboration with the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to discuss social security issues, particularly, on pensions and benefit computations.

It was aimed at promoting knowledge of the SSNIT Scheme, empowering organised labour as peer educators for the Trust and demystifying controversial issues surrounding computation of benefits to contributors.

Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang stressed that sustainability of the Scheme was very essential and urged all institutions to ensure that the Trust run efficiently and effectively.

He said the external actuarial valuation suggested that the contribution rate necessary to pay benefits over the next 50 years and to accumulate assets representing three years of total expenditure was around 19.2 percent.

Last year, he said the Trust spent GH¢2.5 billion on benefits payments and indicated that GH¢230million was being spent in funding pensions payment to over 200,000 pensioners monthly.

Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang added that more than one million Cedis was spent on Invalidity Pension every month, adding that SSNIT was committed to paying all legitimate claims.

He said there were no myths surrounding benefits computation and that, pensions were direct reflections of salaries on which contributions were paid, saying “with the SSNIT pension Scheme, what you put in is what you get”

He said SSNIT had embarked on an aggressive public education agenda to promote knowledge of the scheme among Ghanaians and that the Trust was leveraging on its large social media followers to educate and engage millennial.

Mr. Joseph Poku, the Pensions Manager who took participants through the SSNIT benefits computation, enumerated the three factors that were considered in the computation of benefits under the National Pensions Act 2008, Act 766 as age, average of best 36 months’ salary and earned pension right.

He said a contributor was entitled to a pension right based on the number of months contributed to the Scheme and gave the minimum and maximum pension right earned for 180 and 420 months as 37.5 and 60 percent respectively.

He said salary was a key factor in the computation of pensions and so the higher the salary one contributed, the higher his pensions.

Mr. Joshua Ansah, the Deputy General Secretary of TUC, noted with concern that some workers connived with their employers to pay little contributions to SSNIT and deposit huge sums to the private trust funds.

He advised workers to be interested in consolidating their salaries in order to have meaningful pension instead of bagging huge allowances, which had no bearing on the computation of pensions.

SSNIT was established in 1972 under NRCD 127. It manages the First Tier Contributions of 13.5 percent of workers’ basic salary. Eleven per cent of the amount is invested in the Social Security Fund, while 2.5 per cent goes into the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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Ghana Cedi records worst performance since 2015

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The Ghana cedi has recorded its worst half-year performance since 2015 following a depreciation of 8.2%.

This is according to data from the Bank of Ghana interbank exchange market released for the end of June.

The local currency continues to struggle and depreciated by 8.2% as of June 29, the data said.

This represents the worst recorded by the cedi following a 26.2% depreciation, recorded four years ago.

Earlier this year, the cedi went past the ¢5 mark to a dollar after hitting a record low in terms of depreciation.

As of March, the cedi had declined to 5.55 per dollar, which was its weakest level since Bloomberg started keeping the records in 1994.

Although the local currency began appreciating again, it has still not reached the level many expected.

This year’s performance was characterized by a very sharp depreciation in the first three months.

In that period, the Bank of Ghana struggled to meet demand for the dollar, leading to a depreciation by at least 7.9%.

During the first quarter, the Central Bank also issued a $3 billion Eurobond in a bid to boost its foreign reserves.

However, the cedi’s performance in the first half of the 2019 remains the worst, after the previous three years saw a depreciation of 3.7%, 3.6% and 2.3%.

The Ghana cedi has recorded its worst half-year performance since 2015 following a depreciation of 8.2%.


Source: yen.com.gh

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ADI gets tough on BoG over lack of credit support to private sector

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ADI gets tough on BoG over lack of credit support to private sector

The Alliance for Development and Industrialization, (ADI), one of the leading think tank groups in the country, has taken a swipe at the bank of Ghana, demanding from the governor to show clearly how he is going to mandate the banks to support the private sector, and not to create a safe haven for the banks.

The bank of Ghana spent close to GHC18 billion of tax payers’ money to clean up and also providing liquidity support for some banks.

According to the ADI, after this GHC18 billion clean up exercise by the bank of Ghana, to what extend has this impacted on the economy. “The banks are not ready to support the private sector, so why should the government uses tax payers money to support the banking industry, especially banks that were technically insolvent, due to bad corporate governance and mismanagement” the statement said.

“We want the governor of Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison to unveil to us what percent of banks’ capital should go to support the private sector. In Nigeria for instance, the Central Bank of Nigeria has come out with a caveat that 50 percent of banks capital should be lend to the private sector. We want the same policy to be replicated here”, according to Francis Mensah, the Convener of ADI.

The decision by the Central Bank of Nigerian was at the back off how banks repatriate huge profits from the country to their parent companies without the much need support to the private sector.

“You cannot keep taxing the private sector while you are not committed to their agenda. You don’t set rules, for the rules to favor one party. We must replicate what the central of Nigeria is doing to grow our private sector” the statement said.

This would feed into the continental free trade agenda, since most of the companies would become more competitive on the global market.

The banking sector profitability growth soars for the first months of 2019 but has decided to tighten their credit stance to the private sector.

The latest banking report from the statutory regulator, the Bank of Ghana has revealed that profitability of the banking industry improved during the first four months of 2019 compared with the same period last year.

The industry recorded an after-tax profit of GH¢1.1 billion, representing a year-on-year growth of 38.9 percent compared with 5.8 percent growth for the same period last year. The higher growth in net profit was underpinned by higher growth of net interest income during the review period.

Surprising to note, growth in gross loans and advances slowed from 6.8 percent in April 2018 to 6.1 percent in April 2019. In nominal terms, growth in the stock of credit to the private sector comprising private enterprises and households slowed by 3.5 percent to GH¢34.0 billion in April 2019 compared to 5.5 percent annual growth in April 2018.

In real terms, private sector credit contracted by 5.4 percent in April 2019 compared with a contraction of 3.7 percent a year ago. Credit to households amounted to GH¢8.4 billion in April 2019 compared with GH¢7.2 billion in the same period last year, indicating a yearly growth of 16.4 percent. Real growth in credit to households, accordingly slowed to 6.3 percent in April 2019, compared with 28.6 percent in April 2018.

Banks profitability growth has continued to increase, which means banks are making more money in the country but have decided to squeeze the private sector in terms of credit.

Source: Ruth Aboagye

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Vodafone Foundation crowned CSR leader in Ghana

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Vodafone Foundation crowned CSR leader in Ghana

Vodafone Ghana has been awarded the prestigious CSR Company of the year award at the Ghana Information Technology and Telecommunications (GITTA) Awards.

The company’s Foundation was recognised for its passion in executing innovative initiatives to meet the specific needs of the communities in which its workers live and work.

Every company must stand and reflect an ideal that is intrinsic to its way of doing business. Vodafone recognises that the true test of a company is its relevance to the country in which it operates; beyond profits.

The foundation has, over the years, projected activities under the themes of Health and Education, with impactful programmes that address women, youth and children.

Under education, the company is looking to impact a total of 5,000 youth with basic and advanced skills in coding in the next five years under its National Coding programme.

The zero-rated digital education platform – Instant Schools – has received over 7-million visits on its website since its introduction in 2017.

Under health, Vodafone’s HealthFest initiative offers free medical screening, consultation and medication for deprived communities across the country. Since its launch in 2014, it has supported over 11,000 beneficiaries across all regions in Ghana. Homecoming, another health initiative, foots the hospital bills of insolvent patients due for discharge from hospitals throughout the country. Over 150 patients are discharged annually under this programme.

Moreover, in an effort to promote government’s public-private partnership agenda, Vodafone has entered into a partnership with the Ghana Statistical service and an NGO, Flowminder, to use mobile-derived customer insights to make better predictions for sustainable development. In what has come to be known as “Data for Good”, the initiative will use anonymised call data records to track population movements to make better migration, agricultural and health decisions.

The award is the latest addition to a long list of honours bestowed on the Foundation since 2009.

Commenting on the award, Dr. Joyce Aryee, Chairperson of the Vodafone Ghana Foundation said, “This is a true reflection of the concerted effort we have put in place to impact lives in Ghana. We have a duty to do good as a multinational company operating in Ghana – it is part of our ethos in all the markets where we are visible. Over the years, we have promoted initiatives that benefit society, under health and education, because we are committed to the communities in which our employees live and work. I dedicate this award to the staff of Vodafone Ghana and the Foundation for a job well done.”

Source: Vodafone Ghana

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