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"I leave you in the flesh but I’ll be with you in the spirit" – Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang bids SSNIT staff farewell

Outgoing Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang, has assured staff of the Trust that he will remain part of them under the leadership of the newly appointed Director-General, Kofi Bosompem Osafo-Maafo.


It would be recalled that President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, April 9, terminated the appointment of Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang.


In his stead, the President appointed Kofi Bosompem Osafo-Maafo, the son of the former senior minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo.


In his parting notes to the staff on Monday, April 15, the outgoing Director-General encouraged them to offer their utmost support to the incoming Director-General, even more than they offered him.


Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang said that seven years of his life have been spent with the Trust, and thus he remains a part of them.


“Seven years of my life is here, so I remain part of you”, said Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang.


“I’ll be praying for you, cheering you on to attain higher heights. And I’ll be sharing and rejoicing in your triumphs and successes.  We must succeed and SSNIT must succeed and grow from strength to strength.  For the benefit of all those on whose sweat and toil this country is built,” he added.


“And now to the DDGs, Managers, and Staff, I ask you to offer Mr. Osafo Maafo your full support as he executes his vision for the Trust as you did for me.  In fact, support him even more than you did for me so that we can consolidate and build on the successes that we have chalked so far together.”


Ofori-Tenkorang touts achievements

The outgoing Director General used the occasion to highlight some successes he chalked with the staff.


Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang emphasised the expansion of service delivery options, including the creation of a Pensioners’ Priority Desk and a direct WhatsApp line for the Director General.


He also highlighted the revamped web portal and social media presence, boasting a follower increase from 7,000 in 2017 to over 526,000 by March 2024.


The introduction of SSNITPAY, a comprehensive payment platform, was another achievement Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang pointed to. SSNITPAY offers various options, like mobile money wallets, partner bank deposits, direct debit cards, and online payments.


Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang underscored the successful merger of SSNIT and Ghana Card numbers, an initiative that has seen over two million members, including inactive contributors, pensioners, and beneficiaries, merge their accounts.


We have “Successfully rolled out the SSNIT and Ghana Card numbers merger. Over 2.3 million members including inactive contributors, pensioners and beneficiaries have merged their numbers so far. The GhanaCard is now the primary identification document for all SSNIT transactions.


“This has eliminated the cost of printing biometric cards for new members and reduced impersonation and fraudulent activities in payment of claims to pensioners and beneficiaries.”


Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang expressed his sincere gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the opportunity to serve the government.


He acknowledged the trust placed in him and his team’s success in fulfilling their responsibilities.


Credit: 3news

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