The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Ebonyi chapter, Professor Benard Odoh, Wednesday said his government would embark on meaningful project if elected in 2023.
Odo who was former secretary to Ebonyi state government noted that the huge taxation in the state has driven business investors to other states.
He stated this at a press conference in Abakaliki where he also unveiled his running mate, for the 2023 governorship election, Dr. Nkata Chukwu.
He noted that the state was ranked 34 out of the 36 states as states that are hostile to businesses.
He said, “In ease of doing business, we are ranked 34 out of 36 states which means this environment is very hostile to business. We must make Ebonyi state rank among the top states in the country in ease of doing business. That way, investors will begin to come into Ebonyi.
“Last night, we passed through Onwe Road to Mile 50 and the entire city was shut down. There is no economy here once it is 6:pm.
“The taxation here is terrible. Many people are no longer comfortable in doing business in Ebonyi and many businesses have closed. We must balance the taxes with the incentives to business owners. If we don’t encourage SMEs and doing businesses, doing business here with less harassment, and less taxation, we cannot play host to business owners and if we can’t play host to business owners, investment here will continue to diminish and once investment diminishes, we cannot take them to our young people. So, we are committed to reversing that trend.”