Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers has granted tax relief to poor residents of the state citing that he never knew such levels of poverty still existed in the oil rich State.
Ben Ayade made the announcement while shedding tears at the inauguration of an anti-tax agency headed by Bishop Emma Isong.
The governor said it was a pity that a government that has failed to meet the needs of certain sections of the society still makes them pay tax.
He said it was better that his brain was taxed than for poor and underprivileged people in his state to be taxed.
Ayade noted with a mix of sadness and surprise that some of his state Indigenes still lived in huts and mud houses. He said if it was possible he wished God would take his wealth and give it to the poor residents in Cross Rivers.
“I never knew that five years as governor, there would still be people living in thatched houses in Cross River. I almost cried because I knew how prepared I was but it didn’t end the way I dreamt for the state. I wish God would intervene because I really wish I could help. It’s very painful.” the Governor said.
We charge you to ensure that the poor masses of Cross River State and the small business owners do not come under the harsh hands of the desperate search for money by tax consultants.
We have a tax law here that prescribes the people. We have a tax law here that prescribes the people who are exempted from tax.
All those categories of people and those that from time to time will be so announced by the Governor, including every single hotel that has less than 50 rooms in Calabar and the whole state, today are exempted from payment of taxes.
All those people who sell basic things struggling to earn a living, they have been exempted today from paying tax.
We have exempted them because it is better for me as governor to rather task my brain, than to tax my people.”