From Ngozi Omah Awka.
July, 18, 2022
Anambra state governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, says the state’s new tax regime in the state is designed to restore sanity and accountability in the system. The governor’s explanation came on the heels of protests by trycycle operators over what they described as exorbitant taxes and levies imposed on them by the state government.
Following the protests, officials of the state government have been explaining reasons behind the recent policy, arguing that the Soludo administration meant well for the people.
In a statement made available to the press in Awka, Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Christian Aburime, observed that over the years, Anambra state suffered leakages and largely unaccountable system of tax remittances to the state government.
The resultant effects, according to Aburime, is the inability of the state to generate enough internally generated revenue, IGR, to undertake capital projects that would impact positively on the lives of the people
“Poised to deliver on his mandate and working to beat ‘measured’ time, the Governor Chukwuma Soludo-led administration has continued to reel out innovative measures to make life more decent and meaningful for the greater Anambra publics.
“In a world of constant drive for economic and fiscal efficiency, individuals and corporations usually seek beforehand, the opinion of relevant tax authorities on the tax incidence and liabilities applicable to specific transactions or commercial arrangements. “This is part of where Governor Soludo is headed; to enthrone a decent system in Anambra State where Ndi Anambra are the ultimate beneficiaries. Just like any other reforms, It comes with challenges and sacrifices,” Aburime’s statement reads in part.
The Press Secretary added that after embarking on due consultations with relevant stakeholders, the state government introduced what was considered as minimal levy for tricycle operators, Keke, and shuttle buses, a move, he noted, would eventually become beneficial to all actors.