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Imo govt vows to end multiple taxation, thuggery in markets

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By Buchi Iwuji, Owerri

Imo state government says it has put mechanism in place towards ending recurring issue of multiple taxation being faced by traders. The government also vowed to totally eliminate thuggery in all markets in the state and create an enabling environment businesses to strive.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Market and Allied Matters, Chief Perry Opara divulged the information Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Owerri, during a stakeholders meeting with market masters and chairmen.

Chief Opara, who was recently reassigned from Special Duties to Market and Allied Matters, said he believed his sagacity found him out for the job promising that he would never fail, rather, he would change the narrative within a short period. 

“We’re going to ensure that the prevailing multiple taxation issue is tackled head on, and harmonisation done in all our markets,” he said.

He noted that within his short period in office, he had been able to establish six directorates to enable traders access their needs in government

During the interactive session that formed part of the meeting, traders raised some issues and appealed to government for help. Mr Okwuchukwu nwaozor, who trades in Alaba International Market, said: “We’re suffering from poor road network. Our trucks cannot enter the market to offload goods, and this is causing huge expenses on traders. 

“The market have the capacity to generate huge revenue for the state government, if all the needed facilities are put in place.”

At the end of meeting, a 4 point resolution was reached, which are: That government should, as a matter of urgency, address the issue of decay in all markets in the state; reconstruct and put in place necessary facilities for traders. The meeting also resolved to elect eligible candidates into leadership positions in all the markets, from ward to state levels. The next on the resolution list was an appeal by traders for government to wade into the raging feud between market masters and chairmen; while the first on the resolution table was a vote of confidence passed by Imo State Amalgamated Market Traders Association, ISAMATA, on Governor Hope Uzodinma.

They expressed their love for him, as well as their willingness to support his government.

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