Recession: Tax wealthy Nigerians more, Expert advises APC governments

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with APC National Organising Secretary, Mr. Osita Izunaso; Adamawa State Governor, Sen. Bindo Jibrilla; his Niger and Kebbi States counterparts, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and Governor Atiku Bagudu during the Edo State APC Grand Finale Campaign at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with APC National Organising Secretary, Mr. Osita Izunaso; Adamawa State Governor, Sen. Bindo Jibrilla; his Niger and Kebbi States counterparts, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and Governor Atiku Bagudu during the Edo State APC Grand Finale Campaign at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

The All Progressives Congress has been advised to ask governments it controls to generate more revenue by increasing taxes on wealthy persons in the country.

The advice was given on Monday by the country director of Plant International, Hussain Abdul, at a workshop in Jos, Plateau State, for secretaries to governments of states governed by the party.

Mr. Abdul, who was the lead resource person at the workshop, said Nigerians living in luxury should be taxed heavily as a means of recovering money to end the recession.

He warned Nigerians to prepare for more hard times, as the economic downturn could take a long time to be reversed.

“Nobody should think that we can get out of this recession without taking hard decisions, those living luxury life need to be taxed heavily.

“How can someone who drives expensive car, on a 500 millimetre Nigerian road pay nothing?”

“Just as the President once said, abnormal challenges need urgent solution, that is what is expected of every Nigerian”, he said.

He however advised those in government to ensure that the masses do not suffer unnecessary hardships.

“Whatever it will take to ensure that the poor have access to food, good health and education of their children should be done; that is the only way we can have productive society,” he stressed.

At the forum, the Director General of Progressive Governors Forum, Salisu Lukman, also advised President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC federal government to take hard decisions to end the economic recession.

Mr. Lukman called on government at the federal and state levels to seek alternative sources of revenue to reduce hardship in the country.

According to him, Nigeria is in economic recession due to overdependence on one source of revenue.

In his address, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, who was represented by his deputy, Sonni Tyoden, appealed to the workshop to proffer possible solutions to the present economic problem of the country.

The director’s two-day technical committee workshop, tagged “Policy design session,” holds at the Silk Hotel, Jos and ends Tuesday.

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  • Realitytalk

    The president is doing the best and needful to redeem back our nation from the colosal spot handed over by the clueless goovernment

  • Isaac Azor

    I believe its time the President is given extra emergency powers to deal decisively with the economy by taking drastic economic actions. One of which, I agree, is heavy tasking of those living in affluence in our mist either from legitimate or stollen funds.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Muhammadu Buhari, his finance minister,Mrs Kemi Adeosun and CBN governor Emefiele, must be proactive and take the recession affecting millions of Nigerians and impose more heavy taxes on wealthy Nigerians, in order to relieve average Nigerian people of the heavy burden of the recession.Inflation rate must be reduce by the CBN governor and more liquid cash are been released into circulation within our domestic market to reduce the negative impact of the recession.

  • Olatubosun

    Nigerians need to be patience
    Buhari is a patriotic Nigerian

  • Olatubosun

    He is working to make us smile

  • Olatubosun

    Buhari is working towards a great economy let’s support the agent of change for the brighter future of our glorious country

  • SpeakOut

    PMB is working hard to cover the loop holes, surely PMB will make Nigeria great.

    • front man

      Yes ooo

  • front man

    Honestly the wealthy ones and those that stole the country treasury should be tax heavily to bring Nigeria out of recession

  • front man

    This is a good idea

  • front man

    God bless Nigeria

  • front man

    I believe in pmb policy and his team to work things out

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o
      We believe him

      • front man

        Yes ooo

  • Freedom Bini

    Buhari should identify with the masses. He is the only odd man out of these jobless Politicians occupying various Position in Nigeria.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    I see wealthy homes sitting in the middle of the slums. The wealthy don’t care what goes on outside of their gates. They should be taxed, and the money used to build new streets and storm sewers. Water and sanitation are badly needed.