Gov Ayade Means Business, Suspends Activities Of “100 Marian”

Gov. Ayade

In a move that clearly shows he means business, Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, has ordered the immediate suspension of activities of the Commercial Transport Regulatory Agency, CTRA, known popularly as “100 Marian”, in the state.

In a circulated press release today, signed by Christian Ita, the governor’s spokesman, government observed that in spite of the governor’s directives “…as well as the provisions of the Cross River State Tax Exemption Law, agents of the Commercial Transport Regulatory Agency (CTRA) were still engaged in the sale of tickets to bus, taxi, okada and tricycle operators in the state. Consequently, His Excellency, has ordered the immediate suspension of activities of the Agency in the state.”

Security agents were directed “…to arrest anybody found selling tickets or collecting any form of tax from those exempted from paying tax in the state. His Excellency will henceforth, not tolerate the flagrant disregard of the tax exemption law which has been in place for over three years now. On no account will any criminal and mischievous attempt to undermine and short circuit the noble effort of the governor, be allowed”, the statement said.

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