Daily Trust (Abuja)

5 December 2012

Nigeria: LUTH Doctors Begin Three Day Warning Strike Over Tax Deduction

Doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, yesterday began a three-day warning strike over alleged abnormal tax deductions from their salaries.

The doctors, under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors, claimed that LUTH management had been deducting huge amount from their monthly salaries as tax.

An executive of the association, who pleaded anonymity, said the executives had held meetings with the management demanding an explanation and the need to stop the deductions, but had yielded no result.

"There was a new tax regime in which over 20 per cent was being deducted monthly from our salaries as tax, which is quite a lot of money.

"We have met with the management severally but they told us it was not a LUTH management decision and that it was a Federal Government Tax Law.

"We decided to channel our demands through the strike just to send a message to the management that we are not comfortable with the abnormal tax deduction," he said.

He said the warning strike would be suspended tomorrow, after which the situation would be reviewed.

Prof. Akin Osibogun, the hospital's Chief Medical Director, confirmed the development, saying that the tax deduction was as a result of the new income tax law, saying "People need to be properly educated on tax payment and adapt to it as obtained in western countries.

"Tax is an annual payment and the institution must complete payment before the end of the year to avoid penalty."

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