Frontline  Industrialist, Chief Azuka Alagwu says Governor Theodore Orji has brought  economic relief to the Aba business community over recent directives to  harmonize taxes levied to residents and stopping the harassment of business  men by revenue agents in the city.

 

Alagwu who regretted that many companies in  Aba had closed shop as a result of multiple taxation and levies, stated that  the governor’s directive came at the right time.

 

He commended the governor for  the directive to harmonize taxes paid in the state, particularly Aba, its  commercial centre.

 

Alagwu who was a former president of  Aba Chamber  of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA),  posited that such multiple taxation on the Aba business community by  government agencies which had had adverse effects on businesses in the city,  does not augur well for the economy of the state.

 

It would be recalled that Gov.  Orji recently directed local government council chairmen and revenue  generating agencies in the state to harmonize taxes levied on residents of  the city and end the incessant harassment of the Aba business community by  revenue agents.

 

The business tycoon said the  directive if properly implemented would restore the peoples’ confidence in  government and also bring a big economic relief to the Aba business community.

 

The former ACCIMA boss blamed  the country’s political and economic woes over the years on corruption and  chided governments across the country for not developing the right will to  fight the menace.

 

He further decried the level of  corruption in the society. “It is corruption that has not made us to make any  quantum leap, it is something that everybody should be worried and I am  particularly very worried about corruption in the country and I think that  part of the reasons why we’ve not been able to handle the problem is because  government doesn’t have the will actually to fight it.

 

“Should corruption in the country be  brought down to at least 30 percent, the economy would be turned around  tremendously. There is need for the establishment of special courts to handle  corruption cases,” he concluded.

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