Ben Ayade: Nigerians react as Cross Rivers governor bursts into tears during press time

Ben Ayade: Nigerians react as Cross Rivers governor bursts into tears during press time

It was an emotional moment and yet beautiful new dawn for the people of Cross Rivers state as Governor Ben Ayade inaugurated an anti-tax agency designed to abolish payment of taxes by low-income earners.

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In what speaks volumes of responsive and sympathetic leadership, Ayade on Thursday, May 21, set the wheel of proactive government on move by breaking the burden on the shoulders of the less-privileged and low-income earners in the state.

Ayade broke down in tears as he grieved about the tax burden on low-income earners in Cross Rivers, stressing that he never knew there were people still living in thatched houses.

…I never knew that five years into office as governor, I will still find someone living in a thatched house in Cross River," emotional Ayade said as he announced the decision.

Governor Ayade weeps as he exempts low-income earners from paying taxes

The tax exemption to low-income earners is part of the state’s Covid-19 palliative measures. The governor also 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.

Meanwhile, Nigerians on social media, especially on the micro-blogging platform Twitter have reacted to the governor's decision and emotional outburst.

One Izedomi Emmanuel prayed for God to bring forth more people like Governor Ayade to the seats of governance and back them up with like-minded people to lift and uphold humanity.

A social media user, Lacuna, expressed surprise that Nigeria still has such people at the helm of affairs. He prayed that God will keep blessing the Cross River state governor.

Another commenter described Ayade as a good example of an intellectual-oriented and goal-oriented leader.

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According to Nsikak Ekong, the Cross River state governor portrays the hope of a better future. He said Ayade has made accommodating and selfless measures for the betterment of his people countless times.

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Earlier, reported that Ayade has approved the appointment of 427 new aides, including a special assistant on groundnut oil factory.

The appointment was disclosed by Christian Ita, the governor’s special adviser on media and publicity. According to him, the appointees include chairmen, members of boards of agencies, and special assistants.

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