Cross River Daily News reports that SDP governorship candidate, Barr Eyo Ekpo, has promised motor spare parts dealers in the state a tax regime that will be favorable to them and their businesses.
Ekpo added that if he becomes Governor, he will put to rest the issues of multiple taxation and the use of touts to harass tax paying citizens as has become the case under this current regime.
Ekpo who is aiming to occupy the Government House under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), questioned the unorganized manner the current administration is going with its tax drive and wondered where the monies were going to.
The former-attorney general of the state who made this known while speaking with artisans in Calabar the Cross River state capital, held that; “Although the current government has deployed inhumane ways to enforce a tax regime that has remained mostly uncoordinated and inhumane, the state internally generated revenue does not reflect where the monies go to.”
Ekpo said the contribution and place of skilled workers like artisans in the growth of a state economy can never be understated, which is why his government will always liaise with them to seek for ways on how the state can prosper.
Ekpo insisted that he will give maximum priority to the provision of an environment where private enterprise can thrive.
Some of the artisans who responded, thanked the Governorship hopeful for coming and promised to work with him to ensure the growth of the state.