NLC flays hasty tax de­duc­tions in A/Ibom

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Pa­trick Odey, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State coun­cil of the Nige­ria Labour Congress has ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment with the state gov­ern­ment over its hasty im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Per­sonal In­come Tax Act (PITA) of 2011 with­out re­course to the po­si­tion of Labour on the mat­ter.

In a state­ment at the week­end, the congress said it felt greatly pained, ag­grieved and dis­ap­pointed at gov­ern­ment’s is­suance of “Fi­nance Cir­cu­lar No. 3” (MF/S/126/S.1/VOL. ll/23) dated 9th Septem­ber, 2015 which di­rected the im­ple­men­ta­tion of PITA in the state’s public ser­vice with ef­fect from same month.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment by its chair­man, Com­rade Etim Ukpong, the labour move­ment con­sid­ered such ac­tion as ‘’in­sen­si­tive and out of cour­tesy’’.

“The im­ple­men­ta­tion of PITA of 2011 took ef­fect from the same month with­out be­ing sen­si­tive to the po­si­tion of labour on the mat­ter, and even the cour­tesy of giv­ing a copy of the cir­cu­lar to the NLC”, he said.

Ukpong re­called that at the meet­ing con­vened by the fi­nance com­mis­sioner ear­lier this year, labour had stated clearly its op­po­si­tion to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new tax regime and won­dered why gov­ern­ment went ahead with­out clear ex­pla­na­tion through di­a­logue with and sen­si­ti­za­tion of the labour lead­ers and work­ers.

He there­fore called on Gover­nor Udom Em­manuel to con­vene a meet­ing with the lead­er­ship of or­ga­nized labour on the im­ple­men­ta­tion.

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