Imani Boss Aquitted

Franklin CudjoeThe Executive Director of IMANI Ghana, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, was last Saturday acquitted and discharged by an Accra District Court in a suit brought against him by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) over his workers’ social security contributions.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge of non-submission of workers appointment documents, salary and attendance records, payment vouchers and SSNIT contributions.

The prosecutor for SSNIT, Rosemond Evans, told the court presided over by Mr. Charles Boateng that Mr. Cudjoe submitted the documents in question few days after the summons were served on him.

She further stated that SSNIT was going through the documents and may invite Mr. Cudjoe for further explanations should the need arise.

The lead counsel for Mr. Cudjoe, Mr. Akoto Ampau in his presentation prayed the court to acquit and discharge his client as he has complied with the directives of SSNIT.

He told the court that his client would respond appropriately to any other matter that might arise out of the scrutiny of the documents.

After hearing both submissions, the judge in his wisdom acquitted and discharged Mr. Cudjoe on the grounds that he has complied with SSNIT directives but notified Mr. Cudjoe that he could be invited by SSNIT depending on the assessment of the documents.

Mr. Cudjoe was last week sued by the SSNIT for non-registration and non-payment of its workers contribution.

A writ of summons was served on him on January 29 to appear before the District Court on last Saturday.

The Assistant Manager of the Corporate Affairs Directorate of SSNIT, Mrs Victoria Abaidoo who confirmed the summons to the Ghanaian Times said that during an inspection at the head office of IMANI at Legon, SSNIT discovered that since the establishment of the organization, IMANI had neither registered with SSNIT, nor paid the contributions of its staff.

She said SSNIT requested for documents in relation to the workers salary and other relevant details on January 17, and gave IMANI a seven-day ultimatum to produce the information to the Trust.

“However, IMANI failed to produce the documents and, therefore, a court of summons was secured by SSNIT and subsequently served on IMANI to answer questions pertaining to its workers’ social security contributions”, she said.

According to her, IMANI sent a representative to the offices of SSNIT to submit some of the documents following the summons. By Charles Amankwa

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