Mixed Reactions Trail Gov Ayade’s Tears For The Poor In New Video As He Announces Exemption Of Small Businesses From Paying Tax In Cross River


Ben Ayade
Mixed reactions have trailed the decision of Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade to exempt the poor, small business owners, artisans, low-income earners, and others from paying tax in the state.

Ayade was seen weeping in a video which has since gone viral, lamenting the plight of some of the rural poor and low-income earners who are faced with the tax burden in Cross River state.

While inaugurating the Anti-Tax agency headed by Bishop Emma Isong on Thursday, the Governor said that he is sad that residents of the state are still expected to pay tax despite their needs not been met by the  government.

Governor Ayade also condemned the actions of some government officials who forcefully collect tax from the poor.

He insisted that the poor must be protected and therefore charged the new Anti-Tax Agency to ensure that ‘the poor’ are exempted from paying tax.

Ayade said;

Why would we expect that people who don’t have scholarship for their children, who don’t have good schools?. They struggle to pay; struggle with the uniform; struggle to have security in their small businesses and struggle to get water with their boreholes.

They struggle with generators and government is providing almost nothing. To come back to such people and tax them; I think this is the greatest injustice.

Ayade as he broke down in tears stressed;

I never knew that five years into office as governor, I would still find somebody who would live in a thatched house in Cross River State. I almost cried because I knew how prepared I was. But it didn’t end the way I dreamt for the state. I just think that somewhere, God will just help them. I really wish I can really help.

Cross River Governor speaking to members of the agency which comprises of Christian cleric 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.

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However, mixed reactions have trailed this new development, as some question the sustainability of the program. Others however praised the Governor for his empathy towards the poor and implored other governors to emulate the initiative.

See mixed reactions below;

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