I never said women shouldn’t pay tax — Uju Ohanenye

Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye
Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye

Minister of women affairs Uju Ohanenye has debunked reports that she said women should be exempted from paying tax.

In a statement on Wednesday by her special assistant on media Ohaeri Joseph, the minister blamed Arise TV for misleading the public.

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

“We wish to state categorically clear that the Minister did not canvass for women not to pay tax.

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“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.

“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.

“We therefore wish to state here for record purposes that these insinuations are totally wrong and misrepresent what the Honourable Minister said at the event,” the statement added.