The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has warned the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha against the imposition of tax on residents of the state.
HURIWA predicated its call on the fact that Okorocha’s “administration has in the last seven years failed spectacularly to create the enabling environment to grow the private sector in the state and create vibrant manufacturing sector that would have generated jobs for millions of jobless youths.”
The body issued the warning in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs, Director Miss Zainab Yusuf.
HURIWA also said Okorocha must be made to render account of the huge “federally generated revenues that accrued to Imo state in the last seven years including the two previous tranches of Paris Club Refund running into billions.”
“Rochas Okorocha is indebted to pensioners and workers for many months and hasn’t been accountable with Imo state resources but has now become an eleventh hour emperor unleashing taxation venoms on struggling families and discouraging Igbo in diaspora from investing in the state given the unfriendly tax policies and the rising incidences of violent crimes due to joblessness and restiveness of millions of youth.
“The bad policies of Rochas Okorocha must be stopped to save people from being economically exterminated,” the statement read.