Former President John Mahama says his call on Social Security National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to pay vulnerable contributors as they will need help badly as a palliative means to endure the untold hardship the coronavirus pandemic has brought, was misconstrued.

During his maiden digital conversation, the presidential nominee for the opposition National Democratic Congress suggested SSNIT considers paying its vulnerable contributors a portion of their monies, to help them through the economic challenges associated with the pandemic.

The monies, Mahama says would afford beneficiaries the chance to purchase food and other necessities, while their livelihood takes a hit from restrictions being put in place to control the pandemic.

Responding to Mahama’s suggestion, the Head of Corporate Affairs at SSNIT, Afua Sarkodie said making such expenses would be illegal.

According to her, “We are governed by an Act of Parliament,” adding “we cannot be seen acting contrary to what the law mandates us to do.”

But in Thursday’s televised broadcast, Mr Mahama explained that he did not suggest that SSNIT acts illegally.

He said the government and SSNIT, if they were so minded, can cause a change in legislation which would allow the Trust alleviate the difficulties of contributors facing challenges.

“We’ve been in Parliament when amendments are brought under certificates of urgency; are moved in the morning and passed by evening.

If government has the will and SSNIT has the will, then it is possible for this to be done. So my suggestion was not that SSNIT should act illegally…” he said.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams/Ryvanz Mia Online/Ghana

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