OSHIOMHOLE HAS NO MORALITY FOR LAND USE CHARGE – AVANN HARVEY

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OSHIOMHOLE HAS NO MORALITY FOR LAND USE CHARGE

By my professional training, I know that one of the basic principles on which the morality for taxation is hoisted is that of quid pro quo, tit for tat, give and take. What has Oshiomhole’s government “given” to the landlords that qualifies the government to “take” from the landlords?

Has the government given the landlords any public good sufficient enough for them to give back to the government? In taxation, the giving and taking does not go one after the other, they go pari passu.

If Adams Oshiomole had used the proceeds of the various loans, he secured, perhaps unilaterally, on behalf of the people of Edo, to revamped and industrialise the state or open up the hinterlands for agriculture, employment and the overall economic climate would have improved in the state. This would have in turn given the government some moral justification to demand for more from the people.

Landlords whose houses are threatened by flood; A landlord whose wife pays more than N500 per day to be able to sell her wares in the market; Landlords whose kid(s) has stop schooling as a result of the exorbitant tuition fee imposed by the same Adams Oshiomhole; Landlords who the government is owing more than 6 months salary arrears? Landlords whose only “breadwinning” son was kidnapped and killed; Landlords who lost his second wife during childbearing either because the health workers were on strike or the health facilities in the state can not facilitate health, but death.

Need I say more? This same landlords who need human compassion, especially from the man they all truly voted for with all their hearts, are being hunted and extorted in the name of Land Use Charge. Adams Oshiomhole should remember that power, especially political power, is the most transient of all contraptions. We shall continue to tell our people the truth so that our people would be able to discover the deceits in this particular government before it is too late.

Avann Harvey

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