The Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Eteng Williams yesterday said that the Assembly is in the process of amending the state’s tax exemption law.
The Speaker disclosed this in Calabar, the state capital, during the visit of the Cross River Anti-Tax Agency to the Assembly, saying the state’s tax exemption law of 2015 exempted low income earners employed by the government, the physically challenged and others in the low income bracket in the state from taxes.
He, however, added that the law would be amended to include levies, rates and others which the low income earners were compelled to pay in the state.
“The law must stand and should be followed by every incoming governor of the state, and thus the agency’s visit to the House is timely and important to us. Extortion is evil; we cannot as a government encourages it. This government feels it is wrong. We cannot stand and see our people suffer,” he said.
Eteng advised the agency to pay more attention to border points, adding that no persons or groups should under any guise extort the people of the state.