Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Barr Amanda Pam, has directed that all tax deductions from doctors’ salaries be suspended forthwith, to give room for amicable settlement of some issues raised by the doctors.
Pam, who gave the directive during an emergency meeting with the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and other relevant top functionaries of the administration, assured that everything is being done, within the law to ensure adequate welfare for the doctors.
Speaking earlier, the president, Association of Resident Medical Doctors, FCT chapter, Dr. Michael Olarenwaju, had frowned on the arbitrary way the new Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) tax regime was calculated and deducted from doctor’s salaries.
Olarenwaju stated that the association, comprising law abiding citizens, were not against tax payment, but were against the arbitrary calculation and the implementation, without notice.
He also expressed dismay at the non-payment of the 28 days relocation allowances for doctors, as well as a recent promotion which did not recognise the skipping allowance approved by the administration.
Responding, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) therefore directed relevant officials, such as the permanent secretary, the secretary for (HHSS), chairman of the FCT Internal Revenue Service Board and the director of treasury to meet with the association to iron out the issues.
Bello canvassed for proper tax education for public servants and to get acquainted on how to file their tax papers as a means of saving themselves the pains of excessive taxation.
He thanked the doctors for their services to FCT residents, noting that the administration has maintained a healthy relationship with the doctors and was surprised when he received an ultimate from the association.