- Families of the bereaved are expected to make payments before any obituary is pasted for public awareness.
- Mixed reaction trails policy
Taxation in Anambra Nigeria has taken a new and drastic turn as the less than a-year-elected Governor Charles Soludo recently imposed new levies that have to do with the public announcement of burials in the state.
In specifics, the new set of taxes will involve the payment of ₦100,000 as a levy to paste posters of a deceased in the state. The families of the deceased are expected to make this payment for these posters can be seen in public.
The levy is expected to be payable on posters and display banners of any size and will be implemented by the Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency.
As a follow-up to the governor’s directive, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency, Mr Tony Odili Ujubuon͂u has formally communicated it to the different community leaders in the state.
Excerpts of The Formal Communication To Community Leaders
“The tariff below serves as a guide to what is payable; sizes, description, amount and duration of the taxes are: 4 X 6FT ₦5,000 for 2 weeks; 8 X 10FT ₦20,000 for 2 weeks; above 10FT square are ₦100,000 monthly; and ₦5000 for posters for 2 weeks.
“Note that directional signs leading to the venue which can come in 1x 2ft size will not be charged. It is also important to bear in mind that after the duration of this period, any such board that is left standing will attract a penalty in the sum of the amount initially paid. This penalty is paid weekly.
“The Agency, in fulfilment of its statutory obligation, is not unmindful of the menace associated with non-commercial adverts that have literally occupied our out-of-home space. These adverts come in the form of obituary, religious, wedding and sundry flex, banners and posters.”
The Rationale for the New Tax
The governor through the signage agency has communicated that the new policy is informed by the growing spate of the environmental deface caused by the indescribable paste of these posters that have threatened the aesthetics of buildings across communities.
The agency said communities, villages, hamlets, kindreds, churches and town unions would be alerted of the latest development.
Taxation in Anambra Nigeria: Uproar Trails New Levy
The levy which is expected to begin implementation by November 1st 2022 is already receiving varying reactions, especially in the social media space.
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