Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to rescind its decision to reduce workers’ salary through increment in Pay As You Earn, pension and National Housing Fund deductions.
Fayose said that the deductions, which were applied on gross salary, had made some of the workers to have as much 30 percent reduction in salary.
In a state by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor advised against increment in taxes that could result to a decrease in workers’ salaries.
He added that it was wicked and inhuman for any government to increase taxes on workers’ salaries at this period of economic recession when “workers take-home can no longer take them home.”
“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,” he warned, adding that “government does not have capacity to increase workers’ salary at this trying period.”
Fayose said it appeared that the Buhari led All Progressives Congress’ Government’s desire was to kill Nigerians with obnoxious taxes.
He continued, “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.
“I sympathise with the Federal Government workers who only got to know about reduction of their salaries when they got credit alert last month, but they should remember that I warned them.”