Following the ongoing protest by tricycle operators and commercial taxi drivers in Anambra State against the government’s newly introduced taxes, the state’s Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, has called on protesters to cooperate with his administration for the good of all.
Soludo, who made the call while addressing development reporters at State Government House Awka on Thursday evening, informed protesters that their taxes/levies and those of other businesses operating in the state, will be used wisely to secure and grow Anambra. State.
Paradise News gathered that the Governor, shortly after a consultative meeting with market leaders, commercial and tricycle operator executives held at Professor Dora Akuyilli’s Women’s Development Center, Awka, on June 29, 2022, has approved a new tax rate for transport sectors in the state which indicated that henceforth motorbike drivers (Okada cyclists) would pay N15,000 per month while commercial taxi drivers would pay N25,000 per month month.
Following the approval, over the past two days, tricycle operators and commercial taxi drivers have crippled economic activities in the state’s three main economic towns (Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi), about of the new tax policy, insisting on continuing the protest until it is called off.
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They argued that the sums were costly for them to pay given that some of them drive hire-purchase vehicles and tricycles.
“Second, they asked us to register with the government at the rate of N1,500 and these agberos are telling us to come and register N1,500 with them, which makes it a registration of N3,000,” Anake added. , one of the protesters.
A keke operator, Joseph Okeke, also said he pays 450 naira every day with Sunday exemption, adding that Soludo’s administration tax rate of 15,000 naira per month is more expensive for them than the 450 naira paid in Agbero every day (except Sunday).
Other drivers who also spoke to our reporter lamented their inability to pay their house rents, children’s school fees, or eat properly after the day’s struggles, let alone pay the government such an awful sum. .
They also claimed that even after paying the N25,000 and N15,000, there are other union levies that they have to pay monthly, leaving them with nothing at the end of the day.
Drivers noted that for such a policy to work, the government would have to arrest all touts (Agbero), who also operate offices in all state parks, extorting motorists.
But Governor Soludo, who was represented at the press conference by Chairman of Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AiRS), Mr. Richard Madiebo, said the policy has come to stay and it cannot be renegotiated.
“Protesters and their sponsors should note that the funds will be wisely used for road construction/rehabilitation, security, health services, community development projects and other economic challenges facing the state.”
He urged commercial tricycle and taxi operators who have not yet listed their machines to do so, noting that the deadline for the process will expire on July 17, 2022.
The AiRS boss further explained that under the new tax, Keke riders would pay N600 per day at the price of N15,000 per month, or N42,000 with a discount of N3,000 for a term. or N81,000 with a discount of N9. ,000 for six months.
Similarly, the daily shuttle/bus salary would be N1,000 at the rate of N25,000 per month or N70,000 with a reduction of N5,000 for a term or N135,000 with a reduction of N15,000 during six months. . The daily tax rate for taxi drivers was N700 or N17,500 for a month, N49,000 quarterly with a reduction of N3,500 while N94,500 with a reduction of N11,000 for a half -year ; while N1,200 per day is for township bus operators priced at N30,000 for one month, N84,000 with a discount of N6,000 for a quarter and N162,000 with a discount of N18,000 for six months. The daily rate for the van is N1,000 at the price of N25,000 for one month, N70,000 with a discount of N5,000 for a term and N135,000 with a discount of N15,000 for six months .
Similarly, Commissioner for Transport, Ms. Patricia Igwebuike, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Dr. Obinna Ngonadi and her information counterpart, Mr. Paul Nwosu, have appealed to those working to sabotage and destabilize the mission and vision of the government led by Governor Soludo. to rethink in the interest of peace, unity and development of the state.