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The Government of Abia State has appealed to the residents of the state to ensure prompt payment of their taxes and other approved levies to help sustain the activities of government.
This is contained in a press statement by Mr Kazie Uko, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Alex Otti which was made available to The Eastern Updates where the governor said this is imperative following the launch of the new digital tax system and the deployment of new payment system in the state.
The statement read: ‘Following the launch of the new digital tax system and subsequent deployment of the new payment system, the governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, hereby enjoins all residents, particularly the business community, to fulfill their civic obligations by paying their taxes and all forms of approved levies to the state.
‘The state government, through the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Internally Generated Revenue, has been moving around to educate the public and communicate the steps and process of the new tax regime across the state.
‘The general public is by this notice advised to pay their taxes and levies promptly as the new Revenue Enforcement Taskforce already set up by the state government is expected to commence operation immediately.’
In another report, the government of Abia State has placed a 106-year-old Akara seller whose name was given as Ma Chidinma Eluwa, on a monthly stipend for her upkeep.
The centenarian who is popular at Owerri road by Isigate area of Umuahia, Abia State capital, is also set to have her business boosted by the Abia State government.
The Eastern Updates gathered that Mama Eluwa, who lost her husband some years ago, is also left with just one son still living.
But the challenges of losing her family did not discourage her as she has continued to fry the local delicacy for her teeming customers despite her age.