Deductions from SUBEB workers: what exactly happened?
Thu ,August, 29 2019
We have been inundated with complaints
majorly from SUBEB workers about certain deductions from their August salaries.
We were shocked at the development, and have taken immediate steps to find out
what exactly happened. To that end, we state the following for the benefits of
those affected and members of the Kwara public:
It is true that
certain deductions were made from the salaries of SUBEB workers. But this has
nothing to do with the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq
Deductions from SUBEB workers were of two
types. The first was the annual dues accruing to the Teachers’ Registration
Council of Nigeria (TRCN). All members of the national body are to pay. The
second was the deduction of the normal Pay As you Earn (PAYE) of SUBEB.
SUBEB claimed the workers had been fully briefed of the TRCN dues through the
Nigeria Union of Teachers. They said the TRCN ought to have been deducted since
July but they did not do so because they expected the NUT to properly inform
their members of this development before it is deducted.
The TRCN dues
deducted from the SUBEB workers depend on the grade level of the affected
workers. Grade Levels 7-10 paid 2,000; GL 12-14 paid 3,000; while GL 15 and
above paid 4,000. Principals under the umbrella of ANCOPS were also surcharged.
authorities at KW-IRS said they had for over two years not been taking the
normal PAYE from SUBEB workers on compassionate grounds because their salaries
had not been regular or 100%. The decision to deduct their normal PAYE followed
the trend of consistent and complete salaries they have been getting since the
new administration came on board.
Workers are to
note that these deductions are reflected in their pay slips. Anyone with
complaints of deductions other than the above should please come forward.
Now, while we
may agree with the explanations about these statutory deductions, we regret to
note that the affected workers were clearly not properly briefed by various
organs that ought to do so. Going forward, we encourage various government
agencies and departments to ensure proper communication of issues and
development to avoid misunderstanding as this. There should be no assumptions.
We appeal to
workers to kindly forgive this obvious lack of proper explanation. We reassure
them that this administration has no hidden agenda. The only agenda it has is
to serve the larger interest of the people.
Kwara State Government
Kwara State Government House,
Ahmadu Bello Way, G.R.A Ilorin