Â Abakalikiâ€” Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State has urged tax defaulters to desist from the act.Â Elechi told newsmen in Abakaliki that the act was criminal and impeding development.
He said it was regrettable that only few Nigerians paid taxes, adding that provisions of basic amenities in any state depended so much on availability of funds.Â
He noted that Nigeriaâ€™s over dependence on oil revenue was dangerous as the source could deplete anytime.Â
The governor recalled that in the First Republic, â€œtax drive was stringent as one could not operate freely without tax receipts, whether you are employed or not.Â
â€œThen, there was no room for laziness but today only civil servants pay tax, politicians pay when they are about to face an election.
â€œBusinessmen pay if they want to get import license. Otherwise, we prefer to dodge,â€™â€™ he said.Â
Elechi said it was unfortunate that most Nigerians were leaving in affluence without labouring for it, while some had gone ahead to abuse the money.