Ghana National Coaco Farmers Association (GNACOFA) is calling on government to speed up the implementation process of their pension scheme to free them from poverty at old age , where they can no longer actively work.
This could be done by deducting an amount from the sales proceedings to ensure sustainability of the scheme.
The President of the Association , Mr Stephenson Anane Boateng told OTEC FM news reporter Derrick Ekuoba Gyasi when visited their National office at Tabre- Kwadwobiowuo krom that looking at the actions of current and past governments shows clearly that they have no plans to benefit coaco farmers in the country especially at their old age, hence the need for the pension scheme .
It could be recall that the then presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo pledged to establish a cocoa farmer pension scheme to put an end to poverty and insecurity amongst retired cocoa farmers, and assist them to a secure and comfortable future.
However after assuming office two years down the line the story seems different due to the delay the association is experiencing from SSNIT who is responsible for putting active measures in place to ensure a successful implementation of the scheme , he disclosed.
Mr Anane Boateng bemoans the delay from SSNIT who is the mother body to ensure the implementation of the scheme , Government needs to follow the process for us , we are done with all the necessary documents on our part as an association .
He said the money to be deducted is not from government budget but rather an amount would be deducted form our sales proceedings so why the delay ,he quizzed.
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Some of the Coaca Farmers and some exercutives of the association also expressed their displeasure to OTEC news Derrick Ekuoba Gyasi.