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Anambra Govt set to extract tax arrears from traders

The Anambra State Government has announced its intention to exact more tax burden on traders across the sixty-eight major markets in the state starting what it termed “Strategic Revenue Drive“.

This was contained in a Public Service Announcement dated August 4, 2020, issued by the Hon. Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Hon. Uchenna Okafor, and obtained by ElombahNews.

According to Hon. Okafor, market leaders and security agencies involved in the enforcement have been briefed and are poised to commence duty.

Okafor noted that there will be massive sensitization to compel traders to pay their taxes as at when due.

He urged the traders to pay up their taxes from 2018 to 2020 and warned that failure to do so will result to shops being sealed by security authorities.

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Reacting, a citizen of Anambra State, Mr. Odumodu Gbulagu faulted the tax drive of the Governor Willie Obiano-led administration.

He also faulted the timeliness of the effort ass residents are barely recovering from the effects of the lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wondering if this is Obiano’s birthday gift to Anambra residents, he said:

“In a time like this when other states are giving tax holiday to their people because of the effects of covid-19 pandemic on their businesses and sources of income, Obiano has embarked on aggressive IGR drive.

“Which tempo of development do they want to sustain? Do they want to plunge the state into more ruins than they have done already?

”The roads to all the major markets in the state are in deplorable condition. What then have they done with the 75 billion naira he inherited?

”What about the hundreds of billions of federal allocation? What about all the IGR they have generated for almost 7 years?

”With all these, yet the state is owing almost 200 billion naira in debt,” he concluded.

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