- Governor Ben Ayade exempts some persons and organisations from paying tax in Cross River state
- Ayade made the decision when inaugurating the anti-tax agency designed to abolish payment of taxes by low-income earners
- The governor stated that the tax exemption is part of the state’s COVID-19 palliative measures
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has granted tax exemption to people and organisations that fall within the category of low-income earners.
He made the decision on Thursday, May 21, when inaugurating the anti-tax agency designed to abolish payment of taxes by low-income earners, Channels TV reports.
Ayade broke down in tears as he complained about the tax burden on low-income earners in the state.
The governor said he never know that there were people still living in thatched houses in Cross River.
“ …I never knew that five years into office as Governor, I will still find someone living in a thatched house in Cross River, " he said.
The tax exemption to low-income earners is part of the state’s COVID-19 palliative measures.
The governor disclosed that the exemption covers small and medium scale businesses, peasant farmers, commercial transport operators,
He said food vendors, hotels with less than 50 rooms, and all those struggling to earn a living are also included in the tax reprieve.
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Meanwhile, for the benefit of millions of people across Nigeria, the National Council on Privatization (NCP) in a council meeting proposed for free health care and improved power sector.
Legit.ng gathered that Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), who chaired the meeting on Tuesday, May 19, approved the preparation and presentation to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The council also approved the preparation of a draft legislative instrument to enact the Health Sector Reform Bill and associated legislation.
Laolu Akande, the spokesman to the vice president, in a tweet via his official handle further revealed that the power sector and comprehensive healthcare reforms were among issues discussed by the NCP.
Akande recalled that a very important point of the current administration's reform will ensure that millions of Nigerians who can't afford to pay for efficient healthcare services would receive once the new system takes off.
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