Discordant tunes over Soludo’s new tax regime

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The introduction of a new tax regime by the Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, has continued to generate varying comments from different quarters in the state.

The governor had on June 30 announced the introduction of a new tax regime in Anambra, noting that the new order will cancel all revenue collection through proxy and bring sanity in the collection process.

Soludo, who disclosed this during a town hall meeting with transport and market union executives in the state, said the new system, which commenced on July 1, would provide digital identity for all state taxes and levies paid, and commercial vehicle operators who make daily payments would not be required to pay again in any public park.

He disclosed that affected unions would receive 5 per cent of any earnings in order to run their separate business locations.

He also ordered that caretaker committee members in Anambra markets be prohibited from collecting money on behalf of the government, noting that moving forward, public parks owned by the government shall be directly handled by the government while private parks are not affected.

The governor said the new tax regime would bring about sanity and accountability in the system while helping him to achieve his dreams for the development of the state.

According to Soludo, the NNPC since February 2022 has not remitted any money to the federation account, as such the states must devise means to sustain their plans.

New levies

He said the state government introduced what was considered a minimal levy for tricycle operators (keke) and shuttle buses and others in a move, he said, they would eventually become beneficiaries.

According to him, the state government, after a careful thought process, asked tricycle riders to start paying N15,000 each on a monthly basis.

He said the amount equals N600 daily for 25 days, noting that 5 per cent of the sum will still go to the Keke union after collection for the month.

The governor said the same thing is applicable to operators of shuttle buses who were asked to pay N25,000 monthly.

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