Abia - Hoteliers in Aba, Abia, have raised concern over multiple taxes imposed on them by the state government.
Chief Goddy Egbuchulam, the Chairman, Hotel Proprietors Association (HPA), Aba branch, said this on Thursday, noting that the trend had became a big obstacle for economic growth of the city.
``Despite our contribution to the economic development of the state, government agencies have continued to impose multiple taxes on us.''
He said the taxes had became a ``big obstacle'' for hotel business development in the city.
``The number of taxes and levies collectable in the state are innumerable and most of these levies are stalling investment, instead of encouraging it,” Egbuchulam said.
He said apart from grappling with the issue of multiple taxes, members were also faced with the ``crude method adopted in collecting the taxes.
``The mode of collecting the taxes and levies is inhuman as touts are used to intimidate and embarrass innocent operators , who may not be aware of the levies being demanded.
``This primitive method of the revenue collection is gradually affecting the image of the state government,” he said.
He, however, assured the association's willingness to partner with government to make the state a tourism centre.