‘ Tax regime kills tourism, busi­ness in Cross River’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

For­mer Speaker of Cross River State House of As­sem­bly, Hon Gabriel Eddy, said that tax ad­min­is­tra­tion is killing tourism and other businesses in the state.

Eddy, who was a for­mer mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, lamented that hote­liers are go­ing tough times be­cause of heavy taxation.

He spoke in Cal­abar to jour­nal­ists about his ex­pe­ri­ence in the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness.

“I was pay­ing taxes to over thir­teen or­gan­i­sa­tions and at the end of the month, NEPA will come with elec­tric­ity bills whether there was elec­tric­ity or not and I had to pay salaries, main­tain the place, so I could not con­tinue with the hos­pi­tal­ity ser­vices,” he said

Ac­cord­ing to him, Gover­nor Imoke-led ad­min­is­tra­tion has not de­vel­oped the tourism sec­tor, forc­ing ho­tels shut down.

He said: “Many ho­tels have closed in the state be­cause of low pa­tron­age, even the so-called Car­ni­val at­tracts guests into the city for just a few days and that can­not sus­tain a vi­brant econ­omy.”

Eddy said due to un­favourable busi­ness cli­mate in the state, he was forced to par­ti­tion the two storey ed­i­fice which housed his ho­tel into res­i­den­tial apart­ments.


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