Nwifuru warns BIR against imposition of tax on petty traders

From Our Correspondent

Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi state has warned the Board of Internal Revenue,(BIR) from imposing levies and tax on the petty traders.

The governor made the order while swearing in newly constituted members of Boards and Commissions in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.

He noted that levying petty business is capable of inflicting hardship on the people adding that they rather look for those who have mansions and yet not paying tax.

“Collecting levies and tolls from women selling vegetables and groundnut will inflict hardship on the people .

“Therefore, I challenge you to rather look for those who have mansions and yet they are not paying taxes ”

He charged the Chairmen and members of the newly reconstituted boards and Commissions with a charge to carry out their responsibilities with diligence.

The governor charged the State civil service commission to begin the process of training and re- training of the State workforce for optimum performance

” I want you to improve our relationship with our workers and also ensure they are trained. The Head of Service should work with the Civil Service Commission to do this. We must always show example because when the workers are trained they will be more equipped to do the job.”.

On the Local Government system, the Governor challenged the Chairman and Members to immediately correct anomalies in the system .

According to him: ” our local Government system is badly challenged, most of the council Chairmen influence posting of Heads of personal Management and Treasurers to them without recourse to the scheme of service.

“It is only there you can see a junior heading a Senior. Where a level 13 Will be made a treasurer where a level 15 officer will be Internal Auditor is unacceptable. In the service, people should wait for their turn”. Nwifuru said


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