By S.U. Thoronka…….
In a bid to absolve the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) from blame, the Acting Director General Joseph Sedu Mans Jnr has in a letter of complaint addressed to the Parliamentary subcommittee Chairman Labour and Social Security highlighted alleged indebtedness of Public Sector Agencies to the tune of One Billion Three Hundred and Eighty Four Million Eight Hundred and Seventy Nine Thousand Two Hundred and Thirty One Leones and Thirty One Cents (Le 1, 384, 879, 231. 31) in pension payment arrears.
According to the letter the agencies that have allegedly defaulted included but not limited to subvented institutions, parastatals, projects, tertiary institutions and local councils who according to the letter of complaint have woefully failed to remit social security contributions on behalf of their employees.
NASSIT further stated in the letter that the non-payment of the aforementioned arrears will undermine the financial soundness of the scheme. Furthermore, NASSIT is of the view that if the issue is not addressed in a timely manner there is every likelihood that it will affect the financial viability of the Trust and will eventually cause the Trust to be unable to pay schedule benefits on a timely manner.
On the instruction of the committee, the Clerk of Parliament summoned senior officers in charge of Administration and Finance to submit spreadsheet on all employees indicating names, posts, NASSIT contributions for Sierra Leonean expatriate and foreign workers with work permit, residential permit and proof of payment of tax liabilities.