Prince Jacob Hallowell, Compliance Manager at the National Social Security Insurance Trust (NASSIT), on Wednesday 4th September 2109 has testified in a matter between NASSIT and Red Coat Express, Sahr Ngegba in Freetown. While testifying as the second prosecution witness in the aforementioned matter, prince explained that his office in February received an inspection report from one Marian Sesay who serves as a NASSIT inspector revealing that Red Coat Express Company refused to be vetted as required by the NASSIST ACT of 2001. He added that his mandate as a compliance manager also has to do with recommending and forwarding all issues relating to such nature to the legal team which he did.
The accused persons were arraigned in court on two count charges, ranging from non-registration of employees contrary to section 30(1) of the NASSIT act No.5 of 2001 and failing to pay social security contributions contrary to section 32 ( c ) of the NASSIT Act of 2001. It was alleged that Red Coat Express (SL) Limited, Sahr Ngegba, being an establishment and employer respectively under the NASSIT Act on 22nd February 2019 at Sander Street, Freetown refused, failed and/or neglected to register their employees with NASSIT, notwithstanding being requested to do so, and that the establishment at the same date also did fail to pay social security contributions for their workers to the trust within the required period. The matter was presided by Magistrate Mark Ngegba and NASSIT was represented by Lawyer F. Sesay. The mater was adjourned to Wednesday 18th September 2019 for next hearing.
By Abdulrahman Koroma
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