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Anambra Private Schools Protest, Shut Down Over Obiano’s Multiple Taxation

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Private primary and secondary schools in Anambra state chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, on Monday, embarked on a three day strike and shut their gates over multiple and illegal taxation imposed by the Governor Willie Obiano-led state government.

Pupils and students from the affected schools where asked to go home for three days until further instructions were received or given by the mother chapter.

 

Private schools in major towns like Awka, Nnewi, Onitsha, and Ekwulobia were found under lock and key over the strike.

Parents and guardians expressed dissatisfaction over the development as school children were found playing games at the school instead of studying..

A member of the association Mr Chinazo Rapheal, speaking on behalf of Mrs Amaka Ezedebego, the state chairman of the body, lamented that Governor Obiano’s government imposes “all manner of taxes and levies on private schools” in the state.

According to Mr Chinazo, those taxes and levies run up to several billions of naira collectively in a fiscal year.

His words: “We are asked to pay business premises which is not done any were and we are asked to pay N50,000 approval forms for private schools.

“However, before one gets the approval, one must have spent some N200,000 and after that one now pays another N250,000 to be given approval letter.

“We are always intimidated by government tax force who transload our school children from our bus to their bus and detain the children in their office until we come to pay N20,000 for the branding of our school bus and after that we still pay N40,000 to N50,000 for school sign board.

“The fire Service department come to disturb us with payment of levies which is between N20,000 and N30,000 as well as environmental levy and the government has two agencies that come to demand all types of levies and when you refuse the thugs will attack our teachers and workers.”

Furthermore, he said private schools were forced to pay the sum ofN2,800 for the purchase of black plastic seats and tables before the conduct of WAEC examination and if you fall to pay your school will not sit for the examination.

He also bewailed the payment of N100 by every pupil and student from private schools and N150,000 for examination books then renewal of registration fees to tune of N300 per school while public schools pay #3,000.

Chinazo noted that the strike is just a warning strike but that if the issue is not addressed they would apply all means to resist the imposition.

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