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UBTH workers down tools over tax

By Gabriel Enogholase 

Operators at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) were disrupted at the weekend following the withdrawal of services by all the workers’ union in the hospital protesting what they described as the obnoxious deductions of the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax by Edo State government.

When Sunday Vanguard visited the hospital, yesterday, it observed that consultants and some senior medical staff were running skeletal services especially to patients on admission.

Some patients were being hurriedly removed from the hospital by their relatives.

However, addressing journalists on behalf of the management of the hospital, the chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Alfred Ogbemudia, disclosed that the authorities of the hospital had entered into discussions with the striking staff unions with a view to getting them to call off the strike as soon as possible.

According to him, ” Services were disrupted this yesterday morning in this hospital by members of the various unions in the hospital and their primary reasons of doing so is predicted on the increase in taxes by the Edo State government or more or less the implementation of the PAYE tax by the government at rate they now found that they have been paying in the past.

“And as a result, they decided to shut down services in the hospital at short notice. This has cost a lot of pains to our patients and various clients as well as disrupting our services. We, however, feel constrainted to call on the Edo State government to enter into discussions with the unions to avert a recurrence of this issue in the interest of our patients and the hospital.”


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