SSNIT Package For Central Region Drivers
Alhaji R.S.Artey, Transport Owner and current Central Regional Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union of Trade Unions Congress (G.P.R.T.U. of T.U.C), who is seeking a wholesale re-election for his able regional team, has promised a historic insurance package for drivers in the region, if he is re-endorsed as chairman.
Speaking in a detailed interview with THE NEW PUBLISHER, Alhaji Artey said his if given then nod, he will ensure that all members of the 117 GPRTU branches in the region will be registered under the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).
According to him, every worker (whether Public or Private), who is registered under the SNNIT Pension Scheme, has hope, before and after retirement, since his contributions eventually become his backbone for his future.
He, therefore, finds it unfortunate that commercial drivers, who carry passengers safely to their various destinations, rather grow old and die in poverty because they have no insurance. He also considers it odd that, while commercial vehicles have insurance coverage, the drivers themselves are not covered with any insurance policy.
Consequently, he advised all moving drivers who ply between Accra, Mankessim, Cape-Coast and Takoradi, but do not belong to any branch of the union, to register and pay their dues with GPRTU, in order to benefit from the package he intend to put in place for members.
Alhaji Artey is not only noted for bringing discipline and unity into the union, but also helped in establishing a wonderful working relationship between drivers and the police in the Central Region.
He urged government to bring more buses to the regional secretariat to be used by less privileged drivers to improve their lives, and also generate funds for the growth of the union.
Other personalities in the team of R.S Artey, who are vying for various positions in the region, include Ignatius Mensah (Vice Chairman), Mathew K. Tetteh (1st Trustee) and John Coffie (2nd Trustee).