More than 20 Senior Citizens of Pusiga District in the Upper West Region were honoured on Republic Day, July 1, for their immeasurable services to the District.


In a speech, Hon. Abdulai Zubeiru, District Chief Executive (DCE), noted with concern the difficulties that many pensioners encountered in accessing their pensions and the paltry sum of money paid to retired employees.


Hon. Zubeiru gave the assurance that His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government would address the concerns of pensioners by undertaking measures that would ensure that the National Pension Regulatory Authority (NAPRA) solely worked for the development of the Pension industry. 


He said Government would fully implement Section 103  that  assigned Pension benefits for the housing of workers of the National Pension Act, 2008 (Act 766) and that government would pay all outstanding contributions to the Pension Fund, including the Tier 2 contributions for public sector workers.


He Zubeiru disclosed that government was committed to using Information Technology to decentralize and automate Pension Payment, and establish a desk in each District Assembly for that purpose.


In addition, he said, government would provide the aged with a freedom pass to enable them ride for free on all public transports.


Ghana, on July 1, 1960, attained a Republican status after gaining independence from her colonial masters on March 6, 1957.


Ghanaians voted in a referendum to have a constitutionally-elected President in a bid to liberate themselves from the shackles of colonialism.


July 1, every year, is, therefore, dedicated in honour of Senior Citizens for their enormous contribution towards the development of the country.


Source: ISD (Raphael Azare Kariyama)