Social Protection as defined by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development is concerned with preventing, managing and overcoming situations that adversely affect people’s well-being.

Another common social protection theory is that, it reduces vulnerability and risk by providing protection against shocks, risks to hazard constraints. And it is very obvious that adequate risk management stabilizes income, consumption, safety and survival.

It is in the light of these attributes of Social Protection that the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has over the years committed some of its asset allocation investments for economic, human and social development of the country.

Following from the above, SSNIT has opened up townships like Dansoman, Sakumono, Adenta, Ashongman, Asuoyeboa and many more in all the Regions. It has also built schools, public places of convenience, the Students Loan, health centres and sponsored numerous activities and persons who do not contribute to the social security scheme. These were done in the spirit of social protection.

As part of SSNIT’s 50th Anniversary, and in partnership with the Ghana Police Service, SSNIT is to construct forty (40) prototype Police Posts all over the country.

Yes, the Police do not contribute to the Social Security Scheme. But police business – is everybody’s business. There are numerous citizens of Ghana and workers both in the formal and informal sectors who do not contribute to the Social Security Scheme but are very vulnerable and require police protection. Police protection does not discriminate who to protect and who not to protect.

At this juncture, it may be necessary to highlight the functions of the police to elicit the indispensable protective and auxiliary role of the police in modern society.

The police are one of the most ubiquitous organizations in any society. In time of need, danger, crisis and in difficulty, when a citizen does not know what to do and whom to approach, the police station and a policeman happens to be the most appropriate and approachable Unit and person for him. They are expected to be the most accessible, interactive and dynamic organization of any society.

Police work involves investigation related duties, crime prevention,preservation of peace and security, crime detection, order maintenance, enforcement of law, collection of intelligence, democratic and election related duties, natural calamity management (fires, floods, epidemics, famines) ceremonial duties, conflict resolution and miscellaneous duties. This is a tall order and everybody, one way or the other is touched some time in his life.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan expressed his sincere appreciation to the Director General of SSNIT Mr. Ernest Thompson for the decision to build 40 Police Posts for the Ghana Police Service.

SSNIT, in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, is to build 40 prototype Police Posts across the country in one year.

It is instructive to note that, with a police population of 33,000, only 7,248 are properly accommodated and 424 in rented premises. There are only about 1,000 Police Stations and Posts for a population of over 25 million.

This gives a ratio of one (1) Policeman to 25,000 Ghanaians.
SSNIT therefore decided to assist with the construction of forty (40) police posts. Each prototype Police Post is made up of a Charge Office, Washroom (w/c and shower) a Terrace and a Cell covering about 32 square metre area.They will be of the same design. Once the contract is awarded, the Project will take a maximum of twelve (12) months to complete.

SSNIT is extending forth a protective hand to all of its stakeholders – employers, workers, pensioners, the media, tertiary students, government and the entire people of Ghana.

Source : Public Agenda

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