By: Chidi Onyemaizu (SSA)
PRINT MEDIA to GOV. AYADE.
As is always the case with trailblazers and foresighted leaders, Governor Ben Ayade has yet been vindicated the same way he was, when push came to shove, proved right on his COVID-19 postulations.
Just yesterday, the federal government borrowed wholesale, his tax exemption policy for the poor.
President Muhammadu Buhari ( represent by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo) at the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference: “We are proposing in the new Finance Act that those who earn minimum wage should be exempted from paying income tax”
In May when Ayade declared that “I will rather task my brain than tax my people who are struggling to earn a living”, and then went ahead to announce tax exemption for low income earners and small scale business operators in Cross River state, many derided and mocked him.
But then, that is the lot of trailblazers. They are quite often misunderstood because they think ahead of time.They are thinking heads.
Of course, on top of Ayade’s neck is a head that thinks out of the box and Cross River is better for it.
“I like the dream of the future better than the history of the past”, so says Thomas Jefferson and according to Isaac Newton, “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”
The above immortal lines capture the Ayade mystique as a leader ahead of his time.
Yes, the Cross River state governor, is blessed with fecuidity of ideas and stands on the shoulders of superior thinking to see father than others just as the dreams of the future nourish his zeal to unleash innovations as opposed to romanticizing histories of the past.
Ayade will continue to blaze the trail while others do the borrowing. Ayade leads!