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Edo forecloses tax increase, closes sections of MM way to traffic


Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (right) and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie after a meeting with stakeholders on tax administration in Benin City…yesterday.<br />

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has assured that his government has no plans to increase taxes in the state, rather it seeks citizens’ inclusiveness and participation in revenue generation and administration.

He gave the assurance after a closed-door meeting with stakeholders in tax administration at the Edo State Internal Revenue Service (EIRS) head office in Benin City.

Obaseki’s visit to EIRS office follows the expiration of the tenure of the board, led by Igbinidu Inneh, adding that the state’s revenue service needed to be re-energised before the appointment of a new board.


The governor said the ratio of people who pay taxes compared to the taxable population in the state, is very small, noting: “There is no need to increase taxes. What we need to do is to engender citizen participation and achieve inclusiveness. Today, the ratio of citizens who pay taxes relative to the population is very, very small and the burden is only on a few persons who pay tax.
“Everybody who has a source of income, by law, should pay money to the state. That is what we are trying to do by ensuring that everybody pays something directly to the state government’s treasury.”

MEANWHILE, the Edo Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has announced temporary closure of sections of the Murtala Mohammed Way, Benin City to facilitate ongoing construction of the flood erosion alleviation work in the Ogiso/Osunde areas of the city.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Communications Officer, Edo NEWMAP, Ivy Adodo, it said the roads would be closed for four weeks as from today.
While assuring the timely execution and completion of the project, Adodo appealed for patience and understanding of members of the public, particularly those in the affected areas.
“This is to inform the general public that the NEWMAP is currently executing the flood erosion alleviation work in the Ogiso/Osunde catchment areas in Benin City.
“To enable the construction of two culverts along the Murtala Mohammed Way in Benin City to effectively drain and transport runoff in the area, the section between Osemwende Street and Agbonmwoba streets on Murtala Mohammed Way will be closed to traffic for four weeks commencing from Thursday, August 19, 2021,” the statement reads.


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