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General News of Thursday, 18 April 2019

Source: 3news.com

Government moves to migrate police onto SSNIT ‘disastrous’ – Ablakwa

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament

Ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has warned, plans by the government to migrate officers of the Ghana Police Service from the CAP 30 Scheme to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) pension scheme is a disaster in waiting.

His comments come a day after the minority in parliament called the Akufo-Addo-led government to rescind the move.

The minority calls followed an announcement by the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wereko-Brobbey, that Cabinet had granted approval for the unification of all pension schemes under Act 766.

This, the minister had said would ensure that all members of the security agencies except the officers and men of the Armed Forces make personal contributions to the SSNIT Pension Scheme.

But the minority insists that this will leave men in uniform worse off when they proceed on retirement.

Speaking on TV3’s New Day Thursday, the North Tongu MP, reiterated the move is a looming disaster.

“The most important thing to the Ghana police today…is the attempt to migrate them from CAP 30 to SSNIT”, he said.

“That is a bad decision, to move the police service, fire service, immigration service, BNI officers from CAP 30 to SSNIT, leaving only members of the armed forces is recipe for disaster”, he added.

Meanwhile, some police officers have taken to social media to subtly express their dissent for the move which will require them to contribute part of their monthly earnings to SSNIT.

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