Friday, 17 November 2017

Again Cross River Facebook Community Frustrates Ayade's Policy

|17th November,| Ukorebi Esien

Social Media users especially those of Cross River state origin on facebook  have succeeded in pressurizing the Cross River State Government to drop its earlier Carbon Emission levy on residence of Cross River state. TDN can report.

It was reported by that Cross River State Government demanded levy carbon emissions tax from generator users, etc with special emphasis on restaurants, eateries, supermarkets, and mega stores operators. 

The Environment and Carbon Emissions Board, which is responsible for the collection of this levy has cited Schedule 1, subsections i, ii of Cross River State Law No. 7 of 2016. The board threatened litigation, in seven days, should these business owners not comply.

Residents of Cross River State took their social media platforms to air out their views and anger concerning the levy as well as the disappointing situation of power in the state.

Below is few of the comments from facebook users:

Arikpo Omini 
true talk....these peopl  just wake early in the morning smoke weed and then come with nonsense policies.

Agbor Victor 
May God bless you Engr.

Columbus Effa 
Make electricity available first

George Abang
We are digital,CRS Government,please try to stop Emissions by providing steady light, don't encourage it.
The Letter of Notification sent to residence of Calabar

TDN can report that it didn't take long for the state government to reverse the carbon emission tax. The reversal was made through a Press Release from the Office of the chief Press Secretary to the government and it reads thus: 

Suspension of collection of carbon emission levy in the state

In keeping with the present administration’s resolve not to place too much burden on residents and indigenes of the state on payment of taxes, His Excellency the Governor, Senator Professor Ben Ayade has ordered the immediate suspension of collection of Carbon Emission Levy in the state.

Consequently, all consultants and agents associated with the collection of this revenue head are hereby directed to withdraw from the field and halt their activities with effect from Thursday, 16th November, 2017.

Members of the public are advised not to comply with any such demands henceforth.
Note that those who fail to comply with His Excellency’s directive will be arrested and 
prosecuted accordingly. Be properly guided, please.

Christian Ita

Senior Special Assistant on Media & Chief Press Secretary

This will actually be the second time in a year where the public exercised their right to reject unfavorable  government laws and policies and the government listened. The first was in may during the state's 50th Anniversary where the state government planned to change the state logo. This attempt was vehemently resisted by the masses until it was dropped.

What TDN is yet to ascertain is how a single press release from the governor can cancel an existing state law. It is worthy to note that the Governor had in the first quarter of 2016 appointed a board on Environment and Carbon emission headed by Hon. Paddy Uguge.

Members of the board are listed below:


Hon. Paddy Uguge                      - Chairman
Dr. Raphael Ofuka                       - Secretary
Collins Ogar                                 - Member
Godwin Odama                            - Member
Nyong Effiom                                - Member
Barr. Justy Aniah                          - Member
Terrence Etuk Okon Okon            - Member
Hon. Charles Etta Bisong             - Member
Jackson Okpachiu                        - Member
Thomas Okpashe                         - Member
Tony Okpache                               - Member
Nathaniel abegim                          - Member 

The question now is, will the board be dissolved?  What happens to this Section of the Cross River state law "Schedule 1, subsections i, ii No. 7 of 2016" ?  Or is the governor only suspending the law till after the 2019 elections?