From Chinedu Nwafor Abakaliki
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State, on Wednesday, abolished collection of taxes from low income business owners, namely: wheelbarrow pushers, hawkers and vulcanizers.
Soludo said the abolishment was aimed at minimizing tax incidence on the people.
He said: “We are trying to minimize tax incidence on our people. Keke Drivers who pay their taxes will be given free health insurance.
“People have forgotten that the government make use of taxes to work.
“This message must go to all markets in Anambra. Wheel barrow pushers must not pay any fee in the state.
“Vulcanizers operating along the road should also cease from paying any fee to anyone.
“Hawkers shouldn’t pay any fees. These poor people should stop being harassed.
“This message is for the Market unions. If they are found with any evidence, that union will be dissolved with immediate effect.
“We want to build a society where the poor feel empowered and where the rich can get more resources to create wealth and employment”, he said.
Adding further, he said: “This is part of the revolution ongoing in the state. In this way, we have greater value for money.