The Koforidua branch of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has detected a huge number of fake clearance certificates used by some contractors to bid for contracts in the country.
According to the area Manager for Koforidua SSNIT branch, Mr. Leslie Arde-Acquah, a lot of the fake clearance certificates were issued by some unknown companies to contractors who bid for contracts.
Mr. Arde-Acquah who was speaking to the Times on the issue indicated that there have been instances where some contractors have altered with old certificates and have changed the names and dates into their own and used them to bid contracts.
‘Instead of institutions checking with us to make sure such certificates were valid, they quickly award contracts to some of these contractors without verifying from us and this is causing a lot of problems’, he said.
The Area manager added that some contractors manage to forge the signatures of old managers of SSNIT who have been transferred unto their fake clearance certificates which even contradict the validity of the certificates.
He revealed that such contractors who forge certificates were liable for prosecution, adding that the SSNIT has taken stock of a huge number of fake clearance certificates and such recalcitrant contractors, if caught would be severely dealt with under the Act 766 of the National Pension Law.
Mr. Arde-Acquah revealed that such clearance certificates were issued for free and urged contractors to apply for the clearance certificates before they bid for contracts adding that they will be prosecuted if they do not.
He also urged institutions and companies who award contracts to be firm in demanding for SSNIT clearance certificates and make sure that such certificates were valid before they award the contracts.