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I never advocated tax exemption for women- Minister

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Ohanenye, has denied the report of canvassing for the exemption of women from paying tax.

She said that as a law-abiding stakeholder in the country, she does not advocate for gender barriers when it comes to tax payments.

The Minister made this clear in a statement signed by spec assistant on media, Ohaeri Joseph, in Abuja on Wednesdays.

She denied the report of canvassing for the exemption of women from paying tax as reported on Arise TV’s “Morning Show.”

The statement reads: “The attention of the Ministry has been drawn to some false reports on the “Morning Show” segment of Arise TV insinuating that the Minister advocated for women not to pay tax in Nigeria.

“We wish to state categorically clear that the Minister did not canvass for women not to pay tax. Because, as a law-abiding citizen and a major stakeholder in the Nigerian project, she strongly embraces the fact that there is no gender barrier for tax payment, which is the civic responsibility of both men and women in the country.”

The statement explained that the minister, during the recent Women, Peace, and Security Reference Group fourth annual forum 2023, had appealed for women under the Pink Riders scheme to be exempted from any form of harassment by the task force operators at the motor parks.

It stated further: “We, therefore, want to warn ARISE TV to desist from their incessant and malicious reportage and shouldn’t make comments that will throw the country into confusion and chaos.”

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