The Kwara state government and the state’s wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, have appealed to workers in the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, to exercise restraints over deductions in their August salaries. They made the appeal in separate statements today in Ilorin.
Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, said that the deductions were for the workers’ professional fees by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax. Ajakaye said the TRCN dues ought to have been deducted since July, adding that the government expected the NUT to have informed their members of the deductions.
Ajakaye said that for PAYE, the authorities had not been deducting tax in the last two years because the workers had not been paid full salaries. He said that the tax was effected because they were paid in full in August. Ajakaye said that any deduction short of this should be lodged immediately at the board’s headquarters.
Similarly, the state Chairman of NUT, Alhaji Toyin Salihu, urged the workers to be calm over the deductions, saying full salaries were paid to workers. Salihu said the pay slips of teachers would be made available to the workers to enable them to ascertain the type of deductions that were made