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Clash Over Property Tax Law In Benin  print

Published on December 10, 2012 by   ·   5 Comments

JETHRO IBILEKE/Benin

There was commotion at the ever busy Kings Square in Benin, capital of Nigeria’s Edo state Monday afternoon, following a clash between supporters of the newly introduced Property Tax law and those against it.

Witnesses said those against the law under the auspices of Edo Youth Congress and led by one Adebame Eichie had converged at the State House of Assembly-end of the Kings Square to commence a protest against the property tax law signed by Governor Adams Oshiomhole last Friday. But another group in support of the law led by Tony Kabaka emerged and descended on them.

It was learnt that supporters of the Property Tax and the leadership of ‘Edo is in Safe Hands’ group gathered at the premises of the State House of Assembly after chasing away the opposition protesters, brandishing banners with inscriptions such as ‘The rich must pay tax’, ‘It is time for the rich to work for the poor.’ ‘The rich must pay for the poor to enjoy.’ ‘Stop organising people against tax payment.’ ‘We support Property Tax. It is for development.’

Mr. Eichie who described the law as anti-people, said the Edo Youth Congress had issued a red card to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, because the law was passed without getting the feelings of the people through public hearing, adding that they were protesting against the Property Tax law because the state government has not provided basic amenities like what obtains in other developed countries where the tax was operational.

He said they were beaten and harassed by supporters of the Property Law at the Kings Square where they gathered to start the protest.

“Property law is not an ingredient of democracy. We are going to court to challenge the law until it is thrown away. We demanded for a public hearing but the lawmakers did not listen to us. We say no to this tyrannical law,” he said.

The two groups stopped motorists and passers-by educating them on the property tax law.

Tony Kabaka while addressing the crowd, said the infrastructural development in the state was a testimony of what the state government was doing with the tax already collected.

He said his group earlier supported the PDP-led government in the State, but was made to believe that there was no money in the coffers of government.

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5 Comments for “Clash Over Property Tax Law In Benin”

  1. Fred O

    Useless ACN. Has he started donating to his godfather too?

  2. klm

    OSHOMOLE SHOULD BE CAREFULL OF THESE PDP MEMEBERS WORKING WITH HIM.THE PROPERTY TAX LAW IS ANTI PEOPLE WE DON’T SUPPORT IT.BEWARE OF THE PDP PEOPLE OSHOBABA SO THEY WILL SPOIL YOUR GOVT.STOP THE TAX LAW BECAUSE EDO PEOPLE WILL NOT SUPPORT YOU WITH THIS

    • nnamdi

      please my people is proper to pay property tax and nothing wrong with that.we have to tap into taxes if there will be any meaningful development just as it being done in most developed countries of the world.is time will pay less attention to crude oil revenue.

  3. Tunji

    Serous we can not run away from Property Tax, and mind you the rich would bear it the most, because they are the one that stole our money to build mansions,so why can’t we allow rich to contribute to the development of the state via other means, at least they were the ones that stole the money initially

  4. COMRADE TOJU IGBENE

    THE NEW LAW IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT AND AN IT OUR HOPE AND BELIEF THAT GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE TAX PAYERS MONEY JUDICIOUSLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE STATE ESPECIALLY THE POOR.

    THE TRUTH IS THAT THE EDO PEOPLE TRUST THE COMRADE GOVERNOR BASED ON HIS ANTECEDENCE ARE READY TO GIVE THE GOVERNMENT THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT BASED ON VISIBLE AND PHYSICAL EVIDENCE MANIFESTED IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS OF HIS DYNAMIC ADMINISTRATION.

    PEOPLE AGAINST THE LAW ARE ENEMIES OF DEVELOPMENT AND THE GOOD PEOPLE OF EDO STATE. I ADVICE WE GO ALL OUT AND GIVE HIM THE SUPPORT HE NEEDS TO BRING ABOUT QUALITY ADMINISTRATION AND MORE RED ROOFS AND GOOD AND DURABLE ROADS IN EDO STATE.

    ALUTA CONTINUA BUT WIT PLENTY SENSE!

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