To reduce the burden occasioned by the Covid 19 pandemic on Deltans and to keep businesses in the state afloat, the State Government has introduced tax reliefs for private sector players who assist the Government in reducing unemployment in the state through the engagement of Deltans.
The Delta State Commissioner for Information Mr. Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu made this known today during an interview with newsmen in his office.
Mr. Aniagwu, who was a guest on Arise TV’s “NewsDay”, stated that the State being sensitive to the plight of Deltans introduced the tax incentive measure which is yet another form of palliative to cushion negative impact the pandemic may have on the private sector which may lead to loss of livelihood to some Deltans, which might result in security challenges.
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On the level of the devastation of the economy of the State by the pandemic, the Commissioner noted that it had been reported that the accruable revenue to the national treasury was affected by 65%, and Delta State being an integral part of the nation, was also affected, this, he said, has led to the downward review of 2020 State budget by 30% which has impacted on the volume of infrastructural development proposed to be executed.
That notwithstanding the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration has continued to ensure that development of key infrastructures like roads, Urban Renewal, Youth Empowerment through Agriculture and Skill Acquisition were not hindered. Most notably the acquisition and distribution of tractors to farmers to further enhance productivity in the Agricultural sector.
Speaking on the temporary salary reduction for civil servants and political office holders in the state, the Commissioner appealed to all those affected to be patient, noting that no Government derives pleasure when citizens were inconvenienced by certain measures hoping that things will get better within the stipulated period of reduction.