I Never Knew Cross River People Still Live In Thatched Houses – Ayade Weeps, Exempt The Poor From Paying Taxes
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has exempted a category of people, those he describes as still struggling from paying taxes in the state.
“This is not Ben Ayade, this is not my nature,” the Governor said. “I am not wired for this insensitivity to a weaker person. I never knew that five years into office as Governor, I will still find someone living in a thatched house in Cross River.”
The Governor went on to inaugurate an anti-tax agency designed to abolish payment of taxes by low-income earners.
He told the newly inaugurated anti-tax team to be fair and to ensure that the poor masses of Cross River State and the small business owners do not come under the harsh hands of the desperate search for money by tax consultants.
“Your responsibility from today going forward is to put an end to illicit taxes on people. We have a tax law here that prescribes the people. We have a tax law here that prescribes the people who are exempted from tax.
He said, “All those categories of people and those that from time to time will be so announced by the governor, including every single hotel that has less than 50 rooms in Calabar and the whole state, today are exempted from payment of taxes.
Other categories of business people he exempted from paying tax include; Okada riders, taxi drivers, airport taxi drivers, small saloon owners, small catering and restaurant points popularly called mama put.
Ayade added, “All those people who sell basic things struggling to earn a living, they have been exempted today from paying tax. We have exempted them because it is better for me as governor to rather task my brain, than to tax my people.”