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NASSIT, St. Mary’s Supermarket battle in court over non-payment of contribution

March 19, 2018 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has sued St. Mary’s Supermarket for nonpayment of social security contribution for workers for the years of 2016 and 2017.

The  matter is being tried in the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Santigie Bangura.

According to court papers, the Trust is suing the supermarket on one count of failing to pay NASSIT contribution, contrary to section 32 (1)c of the NASSIT Act of 2001.

According to the charge sheet, St Mary’s Supermarket proprietor, Isaac Shallop, being an employer under the NASSIT Act, on diverse dates between November 2016 to May 2017 failed to pay NASSIT contribution for his workers.

It could be recalled that in 2001, by an Act of Parliament, late President Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah established the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) to provide retirement and other benefits to meet the contingency needs of workers and their dependents and to provide for other related matters.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Bangura adjourned the matter for further hearing after St Mary’s Supermarket proprietor, Isaac Shallop, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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