The Regional Manager of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) for the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Region, William Ohene-Adjei has indicated that his outfit is ready to prosecute institutions who refuse to pay the tier two contribution of their employees.
Mr. Ohene-Adjei gave the indication during a sensitisation programme in Sunyani for the leadership of Anglican Dioceses of Sunyani on the need for people in the informal sector to embrace the 3-tier pension scheme.
He urged the leadership of the church to educate its congregants to embrace pensions so that in their old age they would not become a burden on the church and society.
“The 3-tier is for those in the informal sector, where they can contribute towards their pension. We want the leadership of the church to encourage its members to embrace the pension schemes in the country, most especially the one for those in the informal sector.”
The National Pensions Regulatory Authority was established by the National Pensions Act 2008, (Act 766) to regulate and monitor the operations of the three-tier pension scheme and ensure effective administration of all pensions in the country.
Mr. Ohene-Adjei noted that, “The law mandates institutions to pay the 2-tier of their employees after paying their SSNIT. However, some institutions in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions are flouting this directive. In 2021, we had 64 institutions flouting the directive. We sat down with 63 of them, who complied to pay the 2-tier for their employees. This year we are going to be tough, we will prosecute whoever flouts the law.”
The Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Sunyani Rt. Rev. Dr. Festus Yeboah-Asuamah commended the National Pensions Regulatory Authority for the steps they have taken to educate the citizens on the various pension schemes they can enrol on.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Festus Yeboah-Asuamah also disclosed that, as a church, they will educate their congregation, especially those in the informal sector, to enrol on the 3-tier pension scheme so that in future they will not become a burden.
He also called on institutions to pay the pension contributions of their workers.