Businessman has until today to settle outstanding NPF contributions

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A Honiara businessman has until today to settle outstanding National Provident Fund (NPF) contributions on behalf his workers or face prosecution, according to documents obtained by Island Sun.

The documents show Alick Wane, also known as Tabe’u, owed his eight workers NPF contributions totalling $57,047.50 between 2012 and 2017.

The NPF has written to Mr Wane, demanding that the businessman settles his arrears within 14 days or face prosecution, according to the NPF Contributions Payment Demand – 14 day Notice letter dated April 13, 2018.

That demand notice lapses today.

Since it was recommended by the Office of the Ombudsman and by virtue of section 13(1) of the SINPF ACT CAP 109, you are hereby demanded to settle all this long outstanding contributions within 14 days as of the date of this letter.

Failure to comply as demanded herein will only indicate your willingness for this matter to be referred to prosecution,” the letter, written by Senior Enforcement Officer, Collin Narasia, said.

It is understood overtures by Mr Wane to settle out of court the matter with his former workers have been rejected. It is also understood that SINPF had issued a similar demand letter in May 2017.

However that demand appeared to have been ignored.