By Brenda Agba
The Benue State Government is to grant waiver on all taxes in the next two years to enable investors running their businesses in the state to get maximum profit.
The Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia disclosed this during the flag-off of the third phase of distribution of Subsidy Removal Palliatives, which was held in Makurdi at the head office of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
According to the Governor, the tax waiver is one of his administration’s policies aimed at wooing investors to the state.
“I am calling on investors to come and invest in the state. We assure them of some cushioning of up to a year or two tax-free operations to pave the way for maximum profit,” Alia assured.
Speaking on the distribution of palliatives, the governor expressed appreciation to the federal government for supporting all the states of the federation with palliatives to help cushion the impact of subsidy removal on the people.
According to the Governor, Benue State took delivery of grains made up of twenty one (21) trucks of maize and thirty five (35) trucks of rice to be distributed across the two hundred and seventy six (276) Council Wards of the state adding that it is not going to be exclusive for any political party, as the entire people of the state are meant to benefit.
Alia said apart from the one hundred buses (100) buses procured and handed over to Benue Links Transport Company Limited, the State Government had earlier procured and distributed fertilizers to farmers across the state at subsidized rate, with modalities already in place to register WAEC and NECO for students in government approved secondary schools as well as train ten thousand youths in different Information Communication Technology (ICT) Programs.
He further revealed that his administration’s focus on road construction will be shifted to the rural areas in the coming weeks, adding that the Government is poised to create new jobs.
“Conversations on creation of new jobs are going to begin as early as second week of January, 2024,” the Governor stated.
Reiterating his administration’s readiness to prioritize good governance through the provision of infrastructure, security as well as prompt payment of salaries and pensions, the governor said he was elected to offer succour and good governance and as such, he will do his best to put the state on the pedestal of greatness where it ought to be.
He warned those plotting against the relative peace currently being enjoyed in Benue to take refuge elsewhere as there is no room for detractors in the state.
Earlier in their separate remarks, the Chairman of the Palliatives Distribution Committee and Honourable Commissioner for Power and Transport, Barr. Omale Omale as well as the Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sir James Iorpuu, both appreciated the Federal Government for the initiative.
They also commended Governor Alia for ensuring equitable distribution of the palliatives and for injecting the intervention in areas that are impactful on the people of the state.