Lecturers at the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti on Wednesday staged a public protest against the direct deduction of taxes from the subvention released to the institution.
They demanded the payment of seven month salary arrears owed them by the state government with immediate effect the non-payment of which had inflicted hardship on their families.
Acting under the aegis of College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), they marched from the new Science Complex where they had earlier held an emergency congress to the Provost’s Office.
The COEASU Chairman in the college, Comrade Adedayo Olokesusi, led the protest and addressed the principal officers at the Administrative Building where the march terminated.
In their seven-point communique signed by Olokesusi and Secretary, Comrade Dare Owolabi, the lecturers noted that “it was highly barbaric for the state government to deduct tax directly from the monthly subvention without the knowledge of tax payers.”
It reads in part; “The Union hereby demands the release of the amount deducted from may 2017 subvention by the state government with immediate effect.
“The Union also frowns at the policy of divide-and-rule employed by the state government on the payment of salaries to workers in the state where some categories of workers have been paid two months salaries ahead of the subvented institutions.
“The Union considers it a wicked act for a government that is owing workers seven months salaries to be deducting obnoxious from the subvention of the College.
“The tax being paid by College staff was duly negotiated during the previous administration and all parties agreed to the payment based on the economic situation in the country.
“The previous administration had agreed with the Union on the current tax being paid by members because we made it known that payments like project supervision allowance, hazard allowance, excess workload allowance, leave bonus etc cannot be taxed and all these have been consolidated in the current salary structure.
“The Union hereby calls on the state government to increase the college subvention without any delay.”
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