Edo State Government says it feels the pains of the people by formulating policies that would cushion the effects arising therefrom and exempting those at the lower rung of the society from property tax.
A statement by the Office of the Executive Director, Media and Public Affairs, Mr. John Mayaki said, Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s deliberate policy to exempt the poor from property tax is buoyed by his background, training, and values.
Mayaki said the public schools built by this administration across the 192 wards in the state with teachers was to cater for those at the lower rung of the society – it came with compliments such as free education with quality teachers and conducive learning environment.
Mayaki said, “Owner occupier of over 60 years old, family compound, property owned and occupied by a religious body, approved exclusively for public worship and or used for nonprofit making religious education”, are exempted from property tax.
Continuing, Mayaki said cemeteries and burial grounds, public Libraries, official palaces of recognized traditional rulers in the state, owner occupied residential property which is 100ft by 100ft maximum in a non- choice area of an urban area and 100ft by 100ft in a choice area in a rural setting and community property solely for community meetings, activities and events”.
Besides, Mayaki who debunked insinuations from the opposition party that Edo schools are without teachers described the PDP as prolific liars. He reeled out statistics of teachers in the state public schools saying, “it became necessary to debunk the false claims of dishonest PDP”.
“In our senior secondary schools, science teachers far outnumbers 700. For junior secondary schools science teachers, we have a total of 459. Total science teachers for both Junior and senior is 1,079.
“Also as additional information, total teachers in our Senior Secondary Schools is put at 2,309 while the Junior Secondary School is 1,708 and this bring total secondary school teachers to 4,017”.