- Cross River state has abolished all forms of taxation for low income earners in the state
- The people exempted include petty traders, public transport drivers and hoteliers
A relief has come for the low income earners of Cross River state as the state government announced the abolition of all forms of taxation for low-income earners in the state.
The chief press secretary to the governor and senior special assistant media, Mr. Christian Ita announced on Thursday, January 19, that those exempted from paying tax are the people earning below N50,000 monthly. Also, taxi drivers, tricycle drivers, wheel barrows pushers and motor cycle riders as well as petty traders and hoteliers have all also been exempted from paying taxes.
Ita said Governor Ben Ayade, who gave the order after signing the 2017 appropriation bill of N707 billion, had reiterated the need to provide some economic reliefs to low income earners in the state with regards to taxes.
Ayade said: "I am sounding the last warning that henceforth I don't want to hear anyone who earns less than N50, 000 a month being taxed in any form in the state."
The governor reportedly said: "In the same vein, I don't want to see a hotel that is struggling to survive with challenges of diesels being chased by government officials over taxes.
“I have warned anybody, who is still collecting money from these people to stop forthwith.
“I have seen poverty in my personal life and I know what that small N2, 000 means to them."
The state government is also planning to renovate 196 primary healthcare centres in the state.
Meanwhile, Lagos state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday, January 19, said that his administration would consolidate on its infrastructural renewal drive with the construction of 181 local government roads in the current fiscal year, saying the process for the award of the contract would commence next week.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the first Quarterly Town Hall Meeting for 2017, the sixth in the series, held at the Ajelogo Housing Scheme, Ajelogo Market Road, Akanimodo, Mile 12, said the 181 roads, is an improvement on the 114 roads, two in each local government, which his administration promised to embark upon every year.