COMPANIES IN A/R CRY FOUL OVER SSNIT HARASSMENT
Government led by the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s prime motive is to grow a sustainable business in the country to expand job creation for the youth but, some government elements over the years are wreaking havoc in the business fraternity especially in the Ashanti Region demanding the president attention to call those bad nuts to orders.
A concern member of the Ghana National Timber Association and Managing Director of Logs Court Limited, Ahmed Alhassan told the Daily Searchlight in an interview that the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) over the years given undue pressure to its clients through as unnecessary penalty payment been imposed on companies which according to him threaten the future of these companies in the region.’ We both have collectively dance to the tune of the president in seeking for ventures to create jobs for the youth not ventures to rather collapse businesses. The actions SSNIT officials in the region has drown our attention of a way to push them out of work because, prior to the existence of these companies that earns them workers contributions for that reason, SSNIT should as a matter of supporting their survival, be more fixable in dealing with them to help grow one common nation.
What SSNIT is not just been on top of their work or protecting workers welfare but to thrust many companies out of workforce -Paying of workers SSNIT contributions is every company’s core responsibility but the unnecessary penalty payments is killing our businesses.
He stressed that when you are to pay your contribution to SSNIT at the time the due date which is 15th of the month is not up, (SSNIT) would decline to accept your payment with the excuse that- they have to give you green light before you can pay but as soon as the day elapses a penalty will slap on you without given you a clearance certificate which is so sad and deliberate act calculated by SSNIT to closed down business. ‘I have paid a penalty of GH¢2,629.30 a day after the 15th of the month and this is what most companies went through in the hands of SSNIT in the region’’.
We have confidence in the president and we believed he is a listen president for that matter; we are appealing to him through the minister of labour and authorities in charge to reconsider the directives if any form his outfit to save the few companies that left in the region especially timber firms from collapsing through these unscrupulous channels. We have imbedded with a huge cost of electricity bills and import dues among other production expenses and few timber companies are surviving due to high cost of production and energy supply thus, we are looking forward to enjoy the president’s tax reductions. He then used the opportunity to appeal to the president to consider the contributions of the timber industry in the growth of the economy since over the years in the country and constitute policies to revamp the timber industry to promote local timber production.