All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, General Muammadu Buhari has made a covenant with Nigerians, especially the business people that his government would put a stop to multiple, discriminatory and harsh tax regime which has been the hallmark of the present Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government at the centre.
A statement from the director of media and publicity for his Campaign Organization, Garba Shehu quoted General Buhari as saying that his government will rather employ existing tax policies of government to fund the APC’s people-oriented programmes.
General Buhari deplored the prevailing harsh tax regime under the PDP government, adding that it has caused untold hardship on the population while manufacturing industries in the country are at the verge of shutting down their operations because of the high electricity tariff imposed on them when they depend largely on generating sets to power their factories.
“An APC administration will make life more bearable and manageable for both the citizens and the business sector by entrenching discipline in Public Administration across all sectors of governance. Second, the party will plug all loopholes through which public funds are being lost. When these loopholes and accompanying wastages are plugged and corruption reduced to a minimum or totally stamped out, the government will have reasonable quantum of funds to social investments programmes in education, health, and safety nets such as free school meals for children, emergency public works for unemployed youth and pensions for the elderly.
“Third, an APC government will seek to ensure that all existing laws and policies on taxation will be implemented judiciously while tax authorities and administrators will be encouraged to do their work with the utmost transparency.”
He said that PDP is scared of the credible alternative which the APC represents and will go to any length to lie to Nigerians on any issue including those on which the APC has not expressed a position.
Buhari said that majority of Nigerians are looking forward eagerly to the advent of an APC administration as a panacea to the deceit and fraud that has characterized the administration of PDP in the last 16 years.
“In view of the mood of the nation and the glaring cases of stealing, corruption, fraud and looting that is the character of the present administration, we advise the PDP spokesperson to save his breath and make the burden of change and power transfer lighter by advising his party and their government functionaries to start preparing hand-over notes!” [myad]