‘Ikpeazu stiffling businesses with multiple taxation’ – Abia’s only guber candidate
. Promises to pay salaries on 26th of every month
The only female governorship candidate, and the flag bearer of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, for the 2019 poll in Abia State, Hon. Blessing Nwagba, has accused Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration of stiffling businesses in the state with multiple taxation.
Nwagba who made the allegation during a press conference to unveil her manifesto in Umuahia, said government was not doing enough to encourage business growth in the state.
She said it was unfair for government to impose heavy taxation on businesses in its desperation to shore up internally generated revenue.
Nwagba said that if voted into power, she would eliminate double taxation and use of touts as revenue agents as well as provide the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
” We cannot continue to kill with taxes the same businesses we claim to support “, she said, adding that ” if Ariaria market dies because of double taxation Abia State is gone “.
The two -term legislator decried the poor state of infrastructure particularly roads in the state, and promised to declare a state of emergency on infrastructure if elected.
She also said poverty and hunger had remained on the increase since Ikpeazu came on board, and called on the people to vote him out in 2019.
” I have gone round the state in the course of my duty as a lawmaker. I have seen rising poverty, industries crumbling and mass unemployment.
” Are we not tired of poor leadership and recycled politicians?
” We deserve better than hunger and mass unemployment. “
She further decried the gross exclusion of women in governance and promised to run an all-inclusive government.
Nwagba who also decried the plight of workers and pensioners following backlog of salary and pension arrears, promised to prioritise the welfare of workers.
She said workers would be paid on the 26th of every month under her watch.
The former founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, said she left the umbrella because of the party’s failure to uphold its values.
“The core indicators of democracy are absent in Abia, and I am fight to restore good governance in Abia.
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