THE NATIONAL INSURANCE INSPECTOR
An inspector is an official who has been appointed by the National Insurance Board to perform the functions of inspection under the National Insurance and Social Security Act, Cap. 47.
An inspector has the power to enter at all reasonable times any premises or places (except a private dwelling house not used for a trade or business) where he/she has grounds for supposing that a person is employed, and to make such an inquiry as may be necessary:
- to ascertain whether the provisions of the National Insurance legislation are being or have been complied with;
- to examine, either alone or in the presence of any other person, any matter pertaining to the Act and may require information from every person whom he/she finds in such premises or whom he/she has reasonable cause to believe to be or to have been an insured person; and to require every such person to be so examined;
- to exercise such other powers as may be necessary for carrying the National Insurance legislation into effect;
- to inspect wage books and other documents.
An inspector, on applying for admission to any premises must, if required, produce the certificate of his/her appointment. An inspector’s certificate of appointment should be examined before any documents are delivered up to him/her from an employer’s custody.
- willfully delays or obstructs an inspector in the exercise of any of his/her powers; or
- refuses or neglects to answer any question or to furnish any information or produce any documents when required to do so is liable on summary conviction to a fine.
No one is required to give evidence tending to incriminate himself. The occupier of the premises or place liable to inspection and any person who is or has been employing any person and the servants or agents of any such occupier or other person. In addition, any insured person shall furnish the inspector with such information and produce such documents, as an inspector may reasonably require in order to ascertain whether contributions are or have been payable or have been duly paid by or in respect of any person, or whether benefits are or was payable to or in respect of any person.