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Anambra State The Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has announced new taxes and rates on residents to take care of sanitation challenges.
The Eastern Updates reports that this comes not long after a recent increment in taxes for commercial tricycle operators, also known as Keke NAPEP, and shuttle drivers sparked protests by the two groups in the state.
Managing Director of Anambra State Waste Management Agency, Mike Ozoemena, said the new taxes, which must be paid by all residents, including rural dwellers, took effect from October 1, 2022.
He said more waste collection trucks would be procured and fuelled for waste disposal even as more waste bins would be purchased and placed at strategic locations across the state for effective waste collection and management.
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Ozoemena said the new rate was classified according to local governments which could be rural, semi-urban, and urban. He said the LGAs in the urban category include Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Aguata, Nnewi North, Idemili North, and Ogbaru.
He listed semi-urban local governments as Njikoka, Idemili South, Ihiala, Awka North, Oyi, Orumba North, Orumba South, Anaocha, Nnewi South, Dunukofia, and Anambra East, while rural local governments include Ayamelum, Anambra West and Ekwusigo.
For example, he said for residential buildings in the rural areas, the rate for a duplex was fixed for N12,000; in semi-urban N18,000 and N24,000 for urban areas annually.
He said N6,000 was fixed for detached bungalows in the rural areas, N9000 for semi-urban and N12,000 for the urban areas annually.
Citizens and residents of Anambra State have continued to react to the development with many calling for a review given the present economic situation in the country.