By Ayodele Oluwafemi
Mixed reactions have trailed the emotional outburst of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State during the inauguration of an anti-tax agency on Thursday.
Ayade had broken down in tears as he chronicled the suffering of poor people in the state as he announced that poor people and small business enterprises in the state would be exempted from the payment of taxes.
“We have exempted all Okada riders, taxi drivers airport taxi drivers, small saloon owners, small catering and restaurant points popularly called mama put. All those people who sell basic things struggling to earn a living, they have been exempted today from paying tax. We have exempted them because it is better for me as governor to rather task my brain, than to tax my people,” he said as he burst out in tears.
He also stated that he discovered that some persons are still staying in thatched houses in the state after five years of his administration
Ayade said, “I never knew that five years as governor, there would still be people living in thatched houses in Cross River. I almost cried because I knew how prepared I was but it didn’t end the way I dreamt for the state. I wish God would intervene because I really wish I could help. It’s very painful.”
Mixed reactions have trailed Ayade’s emotional outburst, as he broke down in tears while announcing the exemption of taxes in the state.
Some section of Twitter users commended the action of the governor for feeling the pulse of poor people in his state.
Some Section of Twitter users opined that the display of the governor is mere political theatrics to launder his image in the eyes of the public, after five years in office.
GreenwhiteGreen gathered the following tweets: