The Social Security
and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Tamale Area, has sent signals to all
employers who fail to honour their obligation under the National Pensions Act,
2008 (Act 766), that the Trust will apply the law to ensure that workers get
their due when they retire.
The Tamale Area of
the Trust, comprising the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions, took 77 employers
to court for defaulting in the payment of social security contributions on
behalf of their workers, failing to register their employees and failing to
submit contribution reports.
which covered December 2018 and February 2019, involved an amount of about
GH¢985,912; out of which a total amount of about GH¢725,923 was retrieved from
employers are at the various stages of the court process. Of the 77 defendants,
69 failed to pay employees’ contributions, four employers failed to register
their workers and another four failed to submit contribution reports.
64 (1) of Act 766 says, “An employer shall remit thirteen and half per centum
out of the total contributions of eighteen and a half per centum on behalf of
the worker to the first tier mandatory social security scheme within fourteen
days after the end of each month to the Trust.” However, some employers fail to
adhere to this directive and SSNIT is forced to resort to the courts.
According to the
Area Corporate Affairs Representative of SSNIT, Tamale, Avota Wede Abanyizuri,
when an employer fails to meet this obligation, the Trust charges a penalty on
the expected amount and a demand notice is sent to the employer with a grace
period of 30 days and sometimes, an additional 10 days, to allow employers to
“In addition, we
visit the employers and follow up with calls to encourage them to pay but some
of them are recalcitrant and if that happens, then we have no choice but to involve
the courts to retrieve the said amount,” he said.
Mr Abanyizuri drew
employers’ attention to the fact that, the money being paid to the Trust is the
contributions of the employees. “Remember there was a deduction made from the
employee’s basic salary, the deduction is to be held in trust by the employer
and paid to SSNIT at the agreed time, which goes a long way to build a future
for the employees when they retire,” he added.
He said the Trust
shall continue to engage employers to pay the contributions of the employees
and in the right amount. He called on employees to also take responsibility of
their future by asking the necessary questions and be involved in their rights
and what is due them. “Just walk into any SSNT office and you shall receive all
the support,” he added.
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