Minister of women affairs denies saying ‘women should be exempted from paying tax’

Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye has denied advocating for the exemption of women from paying tax in Nigeria.

She made the rebuttal in a statement released on Wednesday her Special Assistant on Media in Abuja, Ohaeri Joseph.

Uju said that the remark she made during the recent Women, Peace, and Security Reference Group fourth annual forum 2023, was miquoted by the media.

According to the minister, she 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.

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 mvn and women in the country.

“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.”

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