The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has partnered with Safaricom as it embarks on a push to fully adopt cashless payments.
Under the initiative, NSSF will implement an entirely cashless system at all its branch network across the country.
NSSF automation and digitization
The Fund seeks to increase the convenience and efficiency of its services through the automation and digitization exercise.
“The platform we are launching will make contributing to NSSF easy and effortless. We are aware that we have an enormous task ahead in meeting public expectations in our new role as a pension fund,” said the NSSF Board of Trustees Chairman, Gen. (Rtd) Dr Julius Karangi.
“I wish to assure you that the Fund is striving to enhance the member experience and we have a couple of initiatives that we shall roll out in the next couple of months,” he added.
Under the new system, NSSF members can now remit their contributions and other payments to the organisation through M-Pesa without visiting the NSSF offices.
Increased operational efficiency
Safaricom’s Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Rita Okuthe, said: “We are proud for NSSF to have selected Safaricom as a partner in their shift to fully automated and cashless operations. More of our enterprise customers are adopting digitization as they increasingly focus on their customers’ needs.”
She said that by cutting down on time spent handling and reconciling cash payments, NSSF and its members can now enjoy the benefits of increased operational efficiency.
Through this partnership, employers with 20 and fewer employees can now also make their staff contributions through M-Pesa.
To contribute, the employer uploads their payroll data to the NSSF portal, after which they generate the Unique Payment Number (UPN) as part of their payment order.
The employer then keys in the UPN as the Account Number under M-Pesa.
Tracking contributions and new members registration
NSSF has also enabled its members to use a self-service portal on their website or the NSSF Mobile App. Contributors can track their contributions and also through which new members can register.
In addition to launching the cashless platform, NSSF is also enhancing the ease of doing business whereby returns will only be filed online from today henceforth.
Mobile payments have emerged as the most popular mode of cashless payments with data from the Central Bank showing almost nine of every ten cashless payments in the country were on the mobile phone as of December 2018.
According to a GSMA report, citizens prefer mobile payments for government services due to the associated cost savings of up to more than 75 per cent.
NSSF as a pension scheme
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Act, No.45 of 2013 was assented to on December 24, 2013, and commenced on January 10, 2014.
This transformed NSSF from a Provident Fund to a Pension Scheme to which every Kenyan with an income contributes a percentage of their gross earnings.
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