Climate Change: Cross River Suspends Carbon Emission Levy Collection

In Breaking News, Business & Economy, International News, National News, Reports

By Jonathan Ugbal

The Cross River State Government has suspended the collection of its carbon emission levy following complaints by residents.

The levy is included in the state’s carbon emission law of 2016 and has been a subject of controversy.

But, a statement signed by the Spokesman to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr. Christian Ita says the levy collection has been suspended in order to keep with ‘the present administration’s resolve not to place too much burden on residents and indigenes of the state on payment of taxes.”

The statement said Mr. Ayade “ordered the immediate suspension of collection of Carbon Emission Levy in the state.

“Consequently, all consultants and agents associated with the collection of this revenue head are hereby directed to withdraw from the field and halt their activities with effect from Thursday, 16th November, 2017.

“Members of the public are advised not to comply with any such demands henceforth.

“Note that those who fail to comply with His Excellency’s directive will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly. Be properly guided, please.”

But reports reaching CrossRiverWatch reveal that the communication to the consultant was to stay put and continue collection as they are yet to receive an official communication to stop collection.

The Carbon Emission levy collection notification issued by the consultant, Pielli Consult limited. (Credit: CRSG)

The state is said to hold about twenty five of Nigeria’s remaining biodiversity with the protection of the forest reserves and national park sparking a controversy that delayed the 275.5 kilometers superhighway proposed by the current administration.

Mr. Ayade had argued that the state is moving with trends as the world has since left forest conservation to forest management with the Cross River National Park at various times speaking in support of the highway.

The governor later set up a Green Sheriff outfit to aid combat climate change and for forest management.

However, only the urban environmental part of the agency is functional with the Sheriff’s only supervising the evacuation of refuse across Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

With the state contingent to the United Nation’s climate change conference in Bonn, Germany returning this week, and the 2017 Carnival Calabar theme tagged; “Migration” it is expected efforts will be geared towards achieving the state’s goal in combating climate change.

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism


CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.

CLICK HERE

New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here


Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On CrossRiverWatch.com Today

You may also read!

NDDC Leadership: Presidency Aiding Illegality, Says Rep Essien Ayi

By CrossRiverWatch Admin Fifth term federal lawmaker and Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Affairs,

Read More...

PDP Crisis: We Will Come Out Strong – Gov. Ayade After Meeting With Tambuwal, Okowa, Ugwuanyi

By Archibong Jeremiah The Cross River State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade has met with his colleagues from Sokoto, Delta

Read More...

Saleh, Jedy-Agba Explain FG’ s Decision To Power Health Centers And Schools With Solar

By Simon Echewofun Sunday, Daily Trust Newspapers The federal government recently announced that it was deploying solar-powered grids to

Read More...

Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now