Court orders arrest of 12 employers for non-payment of social security

Bench warrants have been issued by two Courts in Accra for the arrest of 12 persons over their refusal to appear in court for failure to pay their employees’ Social Security.

They were processed for court by officials of the Osu R. E. branch of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) after persistent attempts to get them to pay contributions of their employees.

Employers are required by law to contribute 18.5% of their employees’ social security.

They failed to appear before a District Court and Circuit Court A.

The District Court was presided over by Mr. Bart Plange Brew, while the Circuit Court was presided over by Mrs. Georgina Mensah Datsa.

The people sought are Brigitte Therson Cofie and J. K. Therson Cofie, Directors of Avant Computer Systems Limited, who owe GH¢1,797.10; Gloria Asare, Director of Precision Advertising Network Limited, who owes GH¢43,689.12; J. B. Annie, Director of Savannah Bar, owing GH¢1,080.92; and Sam Duah, Director of Xpress Media Limited, owing an amount of GH¢1,000.00.

Others are J. B. Ashong and Michael Aryeetey, Managers of Royal Preparatory School, who owe GH¢13,295.70; Sally Kanbonaba, Director of Monte Carlo Grand Café, whose owes GH¢8,441.03; Larry Sumaka, General Manager of Lifetime Technology, owing GH¢1,597.88 and Emmanuel Yawson, Director of Janaam Car Rental, who owes GH¢2,231.72.
The rest are Joseph Borketey Bortey, Director of Rockdo Enterprise, GH¢1,950.67; Philip Boyefio, Director of Town & City Phones, who owes GH¢2,927.89; Marlon Isliker, Manager of Herald Building Supplies Limited, GH¢2,244.02 and George Sackey of E-toys & More owing GH¢13,886.27.

Meanwhile, some other persons who were in court last Saturday for the same offence have had their cases adjourned to February 12, 2011.

They are Nana Yaw Birifo Boateng of Wangara Hotel, who pleaded not guilty for not paying an amount of GH¢5,441.70 to SSNIT; Samuel Armah Addo of Crestal Cleaning Services, who was not in court, said to be owing GH¢1,239.26; Michael Dordor of Baseline Development Solutions who owes GH¢4,145.76; Ahmad Nehme of Mega Distributions Limited owing GH¢2,210.20; John Apati Sahyoun of Jasoung Limited, who owes GH¢5,627.39; Manoj Punjabi of Sunshine Café, owing GH¢7,358.14 and Foster Joe Nyarko of Horizon West Tours owing GH¢6,871.92.

Speaking to this reporter, Sohpia Akwamuwor, Prosecutor for the Osu Branch of SSNIT warned employers to pay their contributions promptly and that failure to do so will result in court actions, saying that the law is obligatory to deduct 18.5 percent contribution and pay to SSNIT.

Mrs. Akwamuwor said SSNIT was poised to retrieve all outstanding contributions and stressed that the law will deal drastically with employers who refuse to pay contributions of their employees.

By Samuel Innocent

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