The Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang, has won the outstanding Director-General of the year 2018 at the 9th Ghana Entrepreneur & Corporate Executive Awards 2019 held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra on Saturday.
The award is in recognition of Dr Ofori-Tenkorang’s visionary and strategic leadership and corporate excellence which has entrenched the Trust’s leadership role in the management of the national basic pension scheme and increasing its fortunes as the largest non bank financial institution.
In an interview with the media after his award, Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang dedicated his award to the Board of Trustees, Management and Staff of the Trust for “continuously and tirelessly contributing to the efficient management of the SSNIT Scheme”. “I believe that their contributions have led to the gains we have made such as reducing benefits processing time from 30 days to 19 days and re-negotiation of agreements on some ICT infrastructure, support and license fees which has resulted in the savings of USD 8.52 million to the Trust.
Also, their commitment to providing a customer friendly environment for our members especially the pensioners with the institution of the Pensioners’ Priority Desk and provision of access ramps and wheelchairs at our offices for the pensioners with mobility challenges,” he stated.
Dr Ofori Tenkorang said he intends to continue strengthening the service culture by making access to SSNIT’s services effortless such as introducing mobile money platforms for the payment of contributions and benefits. He is also determined to enhance the level of Social Security awareness among the general populace through various initiatives such as SSNIT Info shop for students and SSNIT Minute which is currently being aired on selected radio stations.
The Ghana Entrepreneur and Corporate Executive Awards (GECEA) is organised by the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana (EFG). The event is aimed at recognising and celebrating corporate business executives and entrepreneurs who have managed successful public and private organisations within the year 2018.
The Awards which is under the theme – “Promoting United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals through Private and Public Sector Partnership” also honoured emerging business leaders who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and have contributed in diverse ways towards the growth of the private sector and Ghana’s economy at large.
The Special Guest of Honour was Minister of Business Development, Honourable Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal and the Guest speaker was the Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry, Honourable Robert Ahomka-Lindsay. The event was attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps, members of the clergy, traditional rulers and corporate Leaders.
Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang is a seasoned Investment Banker, Engineer and Academic.
He is the Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) where he ensures the efficient implementation of the policies of the Board of Trustees and the effective employment of resources and utilisation of the facilities and resources of the Trust to achieve the strategic objectives and goals of the Trust.
Dr Ofori-Tenkorang was ranked third best Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of State Owned Enterprises in the 2018 survey conducted by FAKS Investigative Services held in Accra.
Through his initiatives in improving customer service, brand and reputation management, the Trust was ranked first in the Public Sector category for Customer Service in the 2018 Ghana Customer Service Index Report released by the Institute of Customer Service Professionals.
Dr Ofori-Tenkorang was also recognized as the “Procurement Transformation CEO of the Year” at the Ghana Procurement & Supply Chain Awards (GPSCA) held in September 2018.