The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has established another feat by suspending taxes for low-income earners throughout the state.
The Governor said the gesture was introduced so as to cushion the effects of current economic reality.
In a radio broadcast, he announced the measures to include: tax relief and special intervention programs for small and medium enterprises.
Other programs announced includes a social intervention program and intervention in infrastructure for jobs.
According to the governor, “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.
“I am happy to announce to you that I have come up with a stimulus package that will ease the pain of the recession.
“The gesture will help our dear state bounce back to glory,” Obiano said.
Obiano said that the aim of the relief program was to evaluate existing taxes, levies and fees.
He said the government will thereafter introduce waivers or scrap the collection of some illegal charges imposed on the people.
The Governor also announced the employment of 500 road sweeper to “keep our cities clean.”
He has also engaged 300 youths into Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) brigade to support the enforcement drive.
The Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta, said that the state would lose N200 million annually by suspending the taxes.
He however rationalized that the wellbeing of the people was more important than making money.