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PAYE: NSITF, Plateau Govt Opt For Out Of Court Settlement 

The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund(NSITF) and the Plateau State Government have agreed to withdraw their tax dispute from  the Tax Appeal Tribunal and subsequently set up a four-man technical committee to resolve the matter. 

The members of the committee include Paul Yakubu and Markus Chollom from the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS)  and Kwatmen Mattias as well as  Oche Samson of the NSITF. The committee was given a week to deliver on the assignment.  

According to a statement signed the General Manager Corporate Affairs of the fund, Nwachukwu Godson said this comes as the NSITF paid the backlog of  Pay As You Earn Tax (PAYE) of its regional and branch staff members to the tune of  Sixty-two Million Naira (N62,000,000.00) to the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS)

Speaking while receiving the management of the Jos regional and branch offices of the NSITF in his office in Jos, the Executive Chairman of PSIRS, Mr. Jim Pam Waya commended the new management of the Fund for its renewed commitment to clearing the decade-long arrears of PAYE remittances to the state and accepted a request by the fund for an out of court settlement of the dispute which has been lingering at the Tax Appeal Tribunal. He further assured that PSIRS will support the NSITF towards the implementation of the Employee Compensation Scheme(ECS) to the benefit of workers in the state.

He expressed dissatisfaction that PSIRS reneged  on its 1% contributions to employee compensation since registering for the scheme in 2012 and assured the NSITF of redress. 

 “This social security scheme is for the benefit of workers and their dependants in case of accident or death in the course of work. As the new Executive Chairman of PSIRS, my vision is to reposition it by aligning with programmes that promote our primary service to the state in terms of revenue generation as well as key into schemes such as the ECS which will uplift the welfare of our staff.”  He stated  that PSIRS would revisit its status on ECS and start payment soon. 

Earlier in his address,  the Jos Regional Manager  of the NSITF, Mr. Martins Kuku called for a working partnership between the two organisations, noting that the NSITF as a responsible social security agency would continue to discharge its responsibilities to the government and workers in Plateau State. He argued it was high time the tax dispute between the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service and the NSITF was resolved. 

Kuku said, “ it is at this instance that I seek the support of your organisation for the resolution of the lingering PAYE dispute between the NSITF and the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service in the interest of harmonious and inter agency cooperation.  

“The time is here and the right decision is for us to withdraw  the dispute from the Tax Appeal Tribunal for an out of the Court settlement in line with the ILO Convention on social dialogue and especially in the background  of the exceptional  commitment to obligations  by our new Managing Director, Barr. Maureen Allagoa.

“ In a demonstrable steadfastness to our paradigm shift, the new leadership of the Fund  has  cleared the backlog of PAYE remittances amounting to over N62,000,000.00 (sixty-two Million Naira) to the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service, giving us a clean bill up to August 2023.

“A cordial relationship between our two organisations is mutually beneficial as it enhances seamless delivery of our  mandates and obligations to the citizens of Nigeria.  We are full of hope that  the PSIRS which you chair toady, will  reciprocate the patriotism of the new NSITF leadership and commence contribution to the employee compensation scheme which was abandoned after registration in 2012.” 

Kuku said the NSITF has been paying claims and compensations to different enrolees in the state who properly lodged their cases with verifiable documents. 

“We therefore cannot stop asking for the cooperation of government agencies to spread the good news of employee compensation which we are empowered to bring to the door step of the of the Nigerian workers.”

Kuku was accompanied to the visit by Yakubu Huseinni, the Jos Branch Manager of the NSITF, Abubakar Shafiu, Emmanuel Auta Anzaku, Mr. Kwatmen Mathias,  Oche Oloche  and Nanfa Fatip.

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