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Alleged NASSIT defaulter put on Le100M bail

September 3, 2019

By Ibrahim K. Turay

Magistrate Mark Ngegba, presiding at Court No.2 yesterday granted Le100 bail to the proprietor of the ETEM Preparatory School, Alfred Amara, who was charged to court for failing to pay social security contributions for his employees.

Before resorting to court action, NASSIT, as mandated by NASSIT Act of 2001, sent a letter of inquiry to know whether the business house was in compliance with the provisions of the Act.

But that the proprietor failed to respond to the NASSIT request which made the latter to bring an action against the former.

The defendants were arraigned on  two counts charge of failing to pay social security contributions, contrary to Section 32 (1c) of the NASSIT Act No.5 of 2001 and for failing to comply with the provisions in the NASSIT Act and regulations of 2004.

According to the court file, the defendants, Alfred Amara, being an establishment and employer respectively under the NASSIT Act of 2001 on diverse dates between August  2013 to January, 2019, at No.179 New York Drive Malama, Lumley in Freetown, did fail to pay Social Security contributions for workers to the Trust within the required period.

In the second count, the defendants on the same dates at the above address in Freetown, without reasonable excuse, did fail to comply with the provisions and regulations of the Trust.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges as read out by NASSIT Lawyers T.A Jah and Forakhan Sesay.

The matter will come up again on 9th August, 2019.

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