The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open leadership (CACOL) hereby applauds yesterday’s decisionby the Cross River State Governor Prof. Ben Ayade to protect low income earners in the state from unjust taxation.
This was contained in a press release issued by CACOL’s Coordinator for Media, Research and Publications (CMRD), Mr Okechukwu Ndiribe on behalf of the centre’s Chairman Mr Debo Adeniran.
According to the CACOL boss: “It is gratifying to note that the Cross River Governor took this decision as a post-COVID 19 policy designed to promote a quick recovery of the state’s economy which was negatively affected by various measures introduced to ward off the dreaded pandemic from the state.”
Adeniran further stated that CACOL is convinced by the sincerity of the Governor who went the extra mile by inaugurating an anti-tax agency to curtail the activities of illegal tax consultants in the state.
He further stated that the Governor’s bold move to frustrate the activities of illegal tax consultants who had hitherto been imposing unnecessary taxes on the poor in the state is a testimony of his commitment to better the lot of his people.
According to him: “Ayade also deserves commendation for reminding members of the agency that there is a a tax law that stipulates those who are exempted from tax. This includes that category of people and those that from time to time will be so announced by the Governor. He also exempted hotels that have less than 50 rooms in the state.
“Also exempted are all Okada riders, taxi drivers, airport taxi drivers, small saloon owners, small catering and restaurant owners popularly called mama put.”
Adeniran said the Governor must be praised for making it clear that all those people who sell basic things and are struggling to earn a living have been exempted from paying tax.
CACOL hereby calls on other governors especially those of Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and Delta who are hugely favoured by the existing national revenue allocation formula to take a cue from the genuine efforts of the Cross River Chief Executive to positively impact on the economic lives of the people of their various states.
The CACOL conclude by stating that: “This is the only practical way the plight of low income earners in the above-mentioned states could be ameliorated in order to enhance their economic activities”.