By Joy Mbachi
An Industrialist, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, has called on all residents of Anmabra state to see tax payment as a sure way of developing the state to enviable level.
Ezeemo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Sunday that 25 years after creating the state, it was expected to have developed beyond its present stage.
The infrastructure development was poor, compared to the number of revenue windows available in the state.
Ezeemo said that Anambra was one state out of 36 states that was endowed with both human and mineral resources good enough to develop to a western standard.
“Prompt payment of tax, he explained, was a one crucial tool the Europe is using to make live meaningful for its citizens.
He said that government should make reasonable collection of taxes and ensure that honest tax collectors were engaged.
He said that industries were suffering in areas of electricity, good roads, education and much have not be achieved.
Ezeemo said that if taxes were well collected, the youths would be massively engaged through state government establishment.
Sports ministry could be well developed for youth who are talented to discover and develop their talents.
Mrs Ifeoma Okafor , a seamstress based in Awka, said that the state had grown reasonably compared to how it was before it was created, but more efforts need to be put in to more advancement.
According to her, she relocated from Lagos in 2000, but 16 years down the line lots of issues still do not go right.
Okafor said that she would like the state government to initiate policies that would partnership with the people to drive development.
Also Mr Chinedu Onukwugbe said in Awka that the state could boost its internal revenue generation with a mild touch that would encourage tax payment.
Mr Ifeatu Okoye, a motorist, said that at 25, the state should have good roads to show for it and good markets.
He said the state government should take roads construction at the grassroots with more seriousness to boost easy access to agricultural products.