Mr Emmanuel Awuku Dagbanu, Corporate Affairs Manager of the NPRA said fund flexibility was guaranteed under the “Informal Sector” product of the Scheme and that with a dual account; retirement, and savings, it was “better than micro finance”.
He said unlike other pensions, the Third-Tier allowed for user customisation of retirement plan, and had a Group Pension Scheme for worker unions and associations.
Mr Dagbanu was addressing informal sector workers in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region as part of a nationwide informal sector campaign on the Scheme.
He said contributions were tax exempt and that the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) was working with licensed trustees in managing and distributing the fund.
Mr Dagbanu said savings were easily accessible whiles the Scheme covered beneficiaries’ National Health Insurance contributions, and called on petty traders, commercial drivers, artisans and others in the informal sector to patronise the product.
Mr. Richard Dompreh, a representative of SSNIT said pensions matured after a minimum of 180 months contribution, and returns were weighed based on the National Treasury Bill rates.
He encouraged students, persons living with disabilities, as well as people on extensive medication and senior citizens to take advantage of the Scheme.
Madam Doris Amu, Hohoe Market Queen said the pension plan was a relief to market women and traders, and called on them to invest massively in the Scheme to enjoy cushioned retirements.