By; RALPH OKHIRIA, Benin City
To boost the profit margin of traders in the state, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reduced by 40 per cent the levy paid in selected markets.
Obaseki announced the cut when he received members of the Market Women Association led by Madam Blackie Ogiamien, who paid him a courtesy visit on Monday, at the Government House, in Benin City, Edo State.
According to the governor, traders who would benefit from the cut are those whose businesses are not viable in Agbado, Oliha, Ogiso and Uwa markets in Benin City, the state capital, and declared that traders who were paying N5,000 before the announcement, will now pay N3,000.
He assured market women that his administration has made double ticketing and touting history in the state, noting that he would give priority to Edo citizens on job creation.
He said that in the coming months, the state government would ensure that power, water and sanitation issues receive the desired attention in all the markets within Benin metropolis.
Obaseki said that traders who trade in densely populated areas would have access to health care services.
He urged the traders to support his administration’s effort to eradicate child labour in the state by reporting suspected cases to the appropriate authority.
Earlier, the leader of the traders, Madam Blackie Ogiamien, commended the governor for the steps taken to spread development across the state, adding that Obaseki’s governance style is worth commending.
She lauded the governor’s resolve to address double taxation and touting which place much burden on the traders, noting that the gesture would increase their profit.