SOCIAL SECURITY AND NATIONAL INSURANCE TRUST
Investments

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) Scheme is partially funded, hence there is always the need to invest the funds prudently for maximum returns. The principles that guide these investments are yield, safety, liquidity, diversification, capital preservation, time frame and overall investment returns. A limited number of the Trust’s investments also focus on social benefits apart from profitability

SSNIT’S EQUITY INVESTMENTS

LISTED EQUITY/STOCK MARKET INVESTMENTS

 

The Trust is the largest single institutional investor on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) and the main driver of the development of the Capital Market in Ghana. SSNIT currently holds a significant number of shares listed on the GSE with twenty-two (22) out of the thirty-seven (37) listed companies. SSNIT’s holdings on the Ghana Stock Exchange was GH¢2.7 billion as at June 2018

 

UNLISTED EQUITY INVESTMENTS

 

In addition to the stock market investments, the Trust has investments in fifty-four (54) unlisted companies

SECTORS

The Trust’s equity investments are spread across the following key sectors of the Ghanaian economy:

  • Financial – Banks, non-Bank Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Manufacturing – Pharmaceuticals, Food & Beverage, Mining and Agriculture
  • Services – Hospitality, healthcare, logistics and transportation, Public Health and Sanitation
  • Energy – Power, Oil and Gas.
  • Real estate – Residential, Commercial, Community Markets & Malls, Multi-storey Car parks, Property management, Industrial Estate

SSNIT’s investments in the companies under these sectors is also an employment generation strategy through which membership of the scheme can be increased.


 

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

As far back as 1974, the Trust committed funds into real estate development. The focus was to provide residential accommodation for the contributing public.

The initial effort was low keyed. However, this was pursued more vigorously by allocating more funds to housing development from 1987 to 1988. The vision was a long term investment which was to form one of the pillars for financing the pension scheme.

The principle underlying this vision was to ensure that some of the investment package was geared towards affording social benefit to workers while they were still working. It was also to ensure that workers got decent and affordable flats to live in and serve the country which will equally ensure income generation into the Social Security fund for the sustenance of the scheme.

The houses constructed by SSNIT ranged from bedsitters to one-and two bedroom flats. Later, SSNIT modified the building plans to include two and three-bedroom detached and semi-detached houses.

Allocation of the houses to workers were not directly to beneficiary workers, but to their various employers through the Allocation Committees set up.

The Allocation Committees comprised SSNIT Workers (Identifiable Bodies), Employers and other related institutions. This system was to ensure that, rent payment was strictly adhered to and paid promptly to SSNIT.

Even with uneconomic rents that were charged and no rent advance demanded, some residents accumulated rents to the extent that, strategies had to be adopted by management to achieve the desired returns on the investments made in the housing units.

SSNIT on a number of occasions, had to resort to prosecutions to collect the rent arrears.

Since this investment was capital intensive and returns were slow in coming as expected, the Trust adopted the policy of direct sale to the beneficiary organizations and sitting tenants to recoup the investments made.

In total, 7,168 housing units were developed nationwide with 98 percent sold to mostly salaried workers.

 

 

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Examples of Workers Housing Projects developed by SSNIT are the Sakumono, Dansoman, Adenta, Ashongman in Accra; Asuoyeboa in Kumasi; Adweso and Effiduase in Koforidua; Sunyani; Fuo and Lamashegu in Tamale; Bolga; Wa; Ho, Elimina in Cape Coast; Anaji in Takoradi and Tema Communities 5 and 3.

Through these housing developments, the Trust opened up townships with infrastructural access by providing amenities such as roads and drains, electricity, street lights, water, recreational centres, markets, shops and car parks in all the SSNIT housing estates.

The Trust from 2008 to 2016, partnered local and foreign companies as well as the Government of Ghana to develop housing estates mostly in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions. These developments are expected to deliver 6,143 housing units when fully completed for sale.

The Trust’s on-going projects are listed below:

No. COMPANY LOCATION % HOLDING
1 West Hills Ridge Ltd. Dunkonah 80.00
2 Switchback Developers Ltd. Switchback Road, Accra 70.00
3 Trust F-Line Properties Ltd. Sakumono, Accra 70.00
4 RSS Developers Ltd. Sakumono and Klagon, Accra 60.00
5 GoG Affordable Housing Borteyman, Accra
6 GoG Affordable Housing Asokore-Mampong, Kumasi

 

 


 

    COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

SSNIT has also transformed the ambassadorial area skyline with buildings such as the World Trade Centre – Accra, Pyramid Tower, Ridge Tower, Heritage Tower, and others.

SSNIT has ten commercial high-rise properties and six office complexes. The commercial properties are listed below.

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SSNIT’s Commercial Properties

NO BUILDING LOCATION % HOLDING
1
Heritage Tower
Ridge, Accra
100
2
Premier Tower
Ridge, Accra
100
3
Ridge Tower
Ridge, Accra
100
4 World Trade Centre
Ridge, Accra
100
5 Round House
Ridge, Accra
100
6 Trust Tower Adabraka, Accra 100
7 Okofo House Adabraka, Accra 100
8 Accra Industrial Area (AIA) Industrial Area, Accra 100
9 SSNIT Emporium Airport City, Accra 100
10
Pension Tower
Tamale 100
11 Adum Office Complex Adum, Kumasi 100
12 Asafo Office Complex Asafo, Kumasi 100
13 Sunyani Office Complex Sunyani 100
14 Bolga Office Complex Bolga 100
15 Koforidua Office Complex Koforidua 100
16 Takoradi Office Complex Takoradi 100

 

 STUDENTS HOSTEL

Population explosion in the various tertiary institutions came with its attendant lack of residential facilities for students. Government in consultation with SSNIT decided to provide hostel facilities at the various campuses to relieve the institutions of the acute accommodation shortfall prevailing at the time. SSNIT therefore provided hostels at the following campuses:

 

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LOCATION NO. OF ROOMS NO. OF BEDS
University of Ghana, Legon 990 2,721
KNUST, Kumasi 272 554
University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast 144 318
University College of Education 144 369
UDS, Navrongo 36 144
UDS, Nyankpala-Tamale 42 144

 

To preserve the value of the properties and ensure the comfort of the students, Ghana Hostels Limited, a wholly owned company of SSNIT was incorporated in 2006, to manage the hostels.

 

ENERGY SECTOR

In addition to the equity investments in the Energy Sector, the Trust in the year 2011, decided to support Government’s effort in providing adequate energy for industrial and domestic usage.  Thus, the Trust invested in a 126 megawatts power plant through its wholly owned subsidiary, Cenit Energy Limited. This was to diversify the investment portfolio, reduce risk and support the Ghanaian economy.

CENIT ENERGY

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SSNIT’s investments in the Energy Sector are listed below.

COMPANY HOLDING
Cenit Energy 100.00
Goil Ghana Ltd. 18.52
Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd. 2.61
Tullow Oil 0.22

 


SERVICES SECTOR

 HEALTH CENTRES

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SSNIT being perfectly aware that education, employment and health are the pivots that any healthy Social Security Scheme thrives on, constructed health centres to cater for the health needs of the society.

These health centres could be found at Amasaman (Greater Accra Region); Larteh (Eastern Region); Akatsi (Volta Region); Anyan Abaasa (Central Region); Sefwi Wiawso (Western Region) and Dominase (Ashanti Region).

These health centres after they had been built were donated to the community for either the Ministry of Health or other health institutions to operate at a small fee.

The Trust Hospital (TTH)

The Trust Hospital (100% owned by SSNIT), was established in 1992 with the goal to improve access and quality of health services for Ghana. SSNIT has since then extended services of the hospital by to incorporating several Trust Clinics, the Trust Specialist Hospital and the Mother & Child Center under the TTH Group.

Services offered by TTH group of Hospitals and Clinics cover the healthcare needs of children and adults; internal medicine, surgery, ENT, eye, dental, pediatrics, obstetrics, physiotherapy, communicable and non-communicable diseases, DNA services, preventive care and allied services.

 

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The Trust Clinics:

With the aim to improving geographical access to healthcare, TTH opened Clinics at Tema, Sakumono, Adenta, Dome, Dansoman and the Pension House, Accra. These six (6) community based Clinics have ultra-modern facilities and experienced health professionals. Three of the Clinics are National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) accredited and clients can access health-care services using their NHIS cards. Efforts are being made to ensure the other three Clinics complete the NHIS accreditation process.

The services offered in all the Clinics include General Outpatient Department (OPD) Service, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Eye Care, Endoscopy and Antenatal Care Services. All the Clinics have visiting Specialists for Obstetrics and Gynecology Services.

Other health centres built by SSNIT can be found at:

  1. Amasaman- Greater Accra Region
  2. Larteh- Eastern Region
  3. Akatsi- Volta Region
  4. Anyan-Abaasa- Central Region
  5. Sefwi-Wiawso- Western Region
  6. Dominase- Ashanti Region

These health centres upon completion were donated to the community, i.e. either for the Ministry of Health or other health institutions.

 HOSPITALITY AND TRANSPORTATION

SSNIT has also invested in Hotels to provide temporary accommodation, restaurant services and recreational facilities to businesses and clients. Among these are Labadi Beach Hotel – the first Ghanaian 5-Star hotel managed by Hotel Investment Ghana (HIG), La Palm Royal Beach Resort, Elmina Beach Resort and Busua Beach Resort, all  managed by Golden Beach Hotels Limited and Ridge Royal Hotel in Cape Coast.

Additionally, SSNIT has investments in transport service companies such as the Metro Mass Transit Limited which provides safe, reliable and affordable transport services targeted at the lower income segment of the Ghanaian society.

SSNIT’s investments under the Services Sector are shown below:

 

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SSNIT’s INVESTMENTS UNDER THE SERVICE SECTOR

NO. COMPANY HOLDING (%)
1 Hotel Investments Gh. Ltd. ( Labadi Beach Hotel ) 100.00
2 Golden Beach Hotels Ltd. ( La Palm, Elmina, Busua ) 100.00
3 Trust Logistics Ltd. 100.00
4 SSNIT Guest House Co. Ltd 100.00
5 The Trust Hospital Ltd. 100.00
6 The Trust Lodge 100.00
7 SIMNET Ghana Ltd. 85.00
8 Intercity STC Coaches Ltd. 80.00
9 Kumasi Abbatoir Co. Ltd. 53.40
10 West Hills Mall Ltd (Dunkonah-Accra) 40.00
11 Accra Abattoir Co. Ltd. 36.63
12 Grand Regency Hotel 25.00
13 Metro Mass Transit Ltd. 11.67
14 Africa World Airlines 10.00
15 Accra City Hotels Ltd (NOVOTEL) 5.00
16 Accra Recreational Complex Ltd 30.00
17 Ridge Royal Hotel Ltd 92.70

 

SOCIAL INVESTMENTS

Sustainability of the scheme thrives on a healthy working populace who contribute, thus investments towards employment generation is expedient for the Trust. This has informed the Trust in its investment decisions and has led to the provision of health-posts and schools in the rural areas.

All investments with such potential are considered a priority to the Trust. These are Economically Targeted Investments which focus on social benefits apart from profitability.

 STUDENTS LOAN

One social investment which should be mentioned is the Students Loan Scheme. This has made it possible for almost 600,000 students go through tertiary education.

 EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES

SSNIT also built schools to develop the national human resource to improve the standard of living of the people for future employment to increase contributors to the scheme. The SSNIT built-schools are found within the workers‘flats or townships established by SSNIT at the following areas:

  1. Dansoman Day Nursery
  2. Ashongman Day Nursery and Primary School
  3. Sakumono Nursery, Primary and JHS
  4. Anaji Housing Nursery School
  5. Tema Comm. 3, Nursery and Primary School
  6. Asuoyeboa Primary and JHS
  7. Adenta Flats School

A school library was also built for the Sakumono community school to encourage reading and enhance learning.

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INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL ESTATE

The Ghana Industrial and Commercial Estate Limited (GICEL) wholly owned by SSNIT, is a private limited liability company located at Weija, Accra, off the Mallam Kasoa Highway. It was incorporated in 1999 to provide industrial and commercial estate facilities with the fullest range of services that offer synergies and complementarities to support the viability and rapid growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).

Besides generating financial returns, the national economic objective for investing in industrial estate is to support the growth and development of the SME sector.

 

 

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Besides generating financial returns, the national economic objective for investing in industrial estate is to support the growth and development of the SME sector.

The Weija industrial and commercial enclave covers 65 acres of land. The area is well laid out with road, sewerage, drainage, water, power systems and car parks.

There are a total of 1,435 units made up of Office Space, Restaurants, Washrooms, Shops, Light Industry Spaces, Garages, Spare Parts Shops and Dressmaking Shops.

All activity categories are set in groups of buildings interspersed with greenry and trees.

The geographic, economic and infrastructural circumstance of the location of the enclave at the time of its establishment did not attract its intended publics.

Today, the facility is very accessible and the locality has become populated and bursting with economic activity with growing demand for facilities in the enclave. The enclave has attracted various small scale businesses engaged in manufacturing, packaging, trading, food vending, dressmaking, financial services and others.

MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK FACILITIES

In addressing the car parking nightmare and deficit in the country especially in the areas around the Ridge enclave and the Pension House environs, multi-storey car parks have been constructed by SSNIT.

The Ridge Car Park has seven (7) levels with an 818 vehicle capacity, a washing bay, a restaurant, two (2) elevators, washrooms on each level and shops.

The Pension House Car Park has sixteen (16) split levels with approximately 700 vehicle capacity. It also has a restaurant, shops, gymnasium, chauffeur’s room, clinic and office accommodation.

The two car parks are managed by CCL Property Management Limited, a wholly owned company of the Trust.

 

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PUBLIC PLACES OF CONVIENIENCE

With the difficulty in accessing washrooms in the centre of town, SSNIT built two (2) public places of convenience at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and at Adabraka to address this challenge. These were handed over to the Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA).

ABBATOIRS

The Abattoirs in Accra and Kumasi were established to provide a modern slaughtering place with the objective of making wholesome meat available to the general public within the Accra and Kumasi Metropolis. The companies core business are to provide slaughtering services to butchers and the production of hygienic meat products to the general public. This is also to replace the old and unhygienic slaughter houses in the two cities.

MAKOLA MARKETS

The Makola and Adenta Markets are managed by MMC Property Management Limited (MMCPML). The company was incorporated in 1994 as Makola Market Company to construct and manage decent, hygienic shops, offices and other ancillary facilities at the Accra Makola area in the Central Business District, following the fire outbreak at the original Makola No. 2 Market in 1993.

This led to the development of the Makola Shopping Mall and the new Makola No. 2 Market at Agbogbloshie, both of which were completed in 1996. In 2011, the Company’s name was changed from Makola Market Company to MMC Property Management Limited to reflect its new focus of residential and commercial property management in addition to the current business of market/mall management. MMC Property Management Limited has a total tenant base of over 2,200.

 

 

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POLICE POSTS, CHILDREN’S LIBRARY AND SPORTS COMPLEX

In commemoration of its 50th Anniversary in the year 2015, and to keep up its symbolic image as a corporate social responsibility giant, SSNIT decided to undertake the following social investments:

  • 40 Police Posts: the Trust contributed to the Ghana Police Administration’s Police-Visibility agenda by constructing 40 police posts to improve police visibility in communities across the country.
  • Children’s Library: the Trust assisted the Ghana Library Board’s pursuit of excellence in children education with a modern children’s library in Accra.
  • Sports Complex: SSNIT in support of Government’s effort to develop boxing and sports in general, collaborated with a private partner in a joint venture to construct a modern sports facility with an Olympic size swimming pool in Bukom, Accra.