Monday, 5 December 2016

Governor Fayose Faults President Buhari’sChristmas Bonus For Workers

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has
faulted the Federal Government’s decision
to increase the workers’ Pay As You Earn,
PAYE, tax, pension and National Housing
Fund (NHF) deductions, which were
applied on gross salary, making some of
the workers to have as much 30 per cent
reduction in salary.
He described the policy as obnoxious and
capable of impoverishing the already
pauperised workers, especially now that
the country is under an economic
recession. The governor said it was wicked
and inhuman for any government to
increase taxes on workers salary at this
period of economic recession when
“workers take home can no longer take
them home,” adding that; “The Federal
Government should stop believing that the
only way it can take Nigeria out of
recession is to impose obnoxious taxes that
will further impoverish the people.”
Fayose and BuhariFayose and Buhari In a
statement issued yesterday by the
governor’s Special Assistant on Public
Communications and New Media, Lere
Olayinka, he said; “If government does not
have capacity to increase workers salary at
this trying period, it should not also
increase taxes that will cause decrement in
what they earn.” Salary of Federal
Government workers was reportedly
reduced through increment in PAYE tax,
pension, National Housing Fund, NHF,
formerly based on consolidated, which
were applied on gross salary.
Some of the workers had as much as 30 per
cent pay cut. Reacting further, Governor
Fayose said it appeared that the President
Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives
Congress, APC, federal government’s desire
was to kill Nigerians with obnoxious taxes.
He said; “As military head of state, Buhari
used gun to deal with Nigerians, now as a
civilian president, he is using economic
recession to punish Nigerians and adding
salt to injury by using inhuman taxes to
reduce workers salary.”
“Buhari’s government increased petrol
price from N87 to N145 per litre, kerosene;
diesel and gas price was increased,
electricity tariff was increased, N50 stamp
duty was imposed on bank customers, N65
levy was imposed on every withdrawal on
ATM, various bank charges introduced,
custom duties increased and now workers’
PAYE tax has been increased.