As part of efforts to strategically sanitize and coordinate the tax system of the third tier of Government in Uyo, the Chairman of Uyo Local Government Council, Elder Imoh Okon, on Wednesday, June 18, took to Akpan Andem Market to interact with Market Women.
The council boss who was in the company of the Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency, Mr Prince Ukim, and Council Supervisors: Hon Mfon Asuquo, Hon Linus Effiong among others, said that the interaction became necessary as a result of the feedback that have trickled in lately from a cross section of the occupants of the market about irregularities in toll payments.
He further added that his administration is still committed to the placement of maximum premium on sanitation as it was when he took over office in December 2017, and advised the shop owners to make provision for waste bins and to ensure proper disposal of their baggage.
In a related development, Elder Okon pledged to make a roster of every toll payable to the council coffers as a reference in the event of discrepancy.
“I have spoken with a number of traders in this market in the last two hours of touring this market, and what is common in your speech is the sea of inconsistent figures as toll payment of which some have not shown evidence in form of receipts. I have taken note of the different categories of payment including security, sanitation and electric power tariff, and I will ensure that they are well gazetted and hung at every entrance of this market in a bid to completely tame the tide of conflicting figures in this tax system.”
Speaking earlier, traders in the market took turns to eulogize Elder Okon’s developmental blueprint, describing it as a square peg in a square hole.
The Local Government Chairman also gave out cash gifts to men, women and youths in the market.