Pastor fined GH¢360 for failing to pay SSNIT contributions

An Accra District Magistrate Court has convicted Abraham Solomon K, the assistant pastor of Faith Baptist Community Church to a fine of GH¢360 for failing to pay the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions of his workers.


He would, in default, serve three days imprisonment.


The convict pleaded guilty with explanation but the court, presided by Dr. Worlanyo Kotoku changed the plea to guilty because his (Solomon) explanation was not convincing enough.


According to the pastor, the workers, a cleaner and evangelist were considered by the church as temporary staff and received monthly allowances.


However, the magistrate disagreed with his assertion explaining that the two were staff of the church and cannot be treated as service personnel or volunteers.


He said the argument of the pastor would be tenable if the people had offered to work for free.


The prosecutor, Paul Parker Atitsogbui of (SSNIT) Legon branch submitted that the action of Solomon was contrary to sections 83(1) (d) (h) of the National Pensions Act, 2008(Act766) as amended by section 7 of the of the National Pensions Act (Amendment) Act, 2014 (Act 883).


He said the establishment was registered by the Basic National Social Security Scheme with the registration N0:200000725.


He said investigations conducted into the activities of the church revealed that Solomon, the assistant pastor had failed to submit to SSNIT the social security contributions between January 2014 and September 2017.


The court heard that the church was located in Accra and provides social services.


By Malik Sullemana


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