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In Anambra Obiano cancels wheelbarrow tax but why was it being collected in the first place?

Obiano also suspended the collection of Hawkers Permits and unapproved taxes on students in public schools.

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Governor of Anambra state, Dr Willie Obiano. play

Governor of Anambra state, Dr Willie Obiano.


Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has cancelled the wheelbarrow tax previously collected in the state in order to cushion the effect of the recession.

Obiano also suspended the collection of Hawkers Permits and abolished the imposition of unapproved taxes on students in the state’s public schools.

The governor announced the decision on Tuesday, September 20 via a special broadcast.

“Following the formal announcement by the Federal Government that the nation’s economy has gone into a recession, I consider it my duty, as your governor, to distil the message of the economic situation of the country down to the grassroots,” he said.

“Following this development too, I am happy to announce to you that I have come up with a stimulus package that will ease the pain of the recession and help our dear state bounce back to prosperity.

“Brothers and sisters, our country’s painful journey into the current recession is fairly known to us. The events that triggered this decline are very well documented in the public domain. So, I will not go through the details of how we arrived where we are.

“I wish to assure you that after a careful study of the situation, I am more convinced now than ever before that with our fundamentals, our infinite capacity to come back from deficits and our implicit faith in God, our story should be different in Anambra State.

“I hereby suspend the sale of consolidated emblems in Anambra State. I suspend the collection of Hawkers Permit on all streets in the state. I suspend the collection of Wheelbarrow Tax in all markets in the state. Lastly, I abolish the imposition of unapproved levies on students in public primary and secondary schools in the state. All these pronouncements shall take immediate effect,” he added.

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The question is, what is the purpose of wheelbarrow tax and why is it even a thing?

Meanwhile, Obiano has also said that his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) will reduce the price of rice to N9000 if elected to head the Federal Government.

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