The Governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade, on Thursday broke in tears over high level of poverty in the state excused some persons and organisations from paying tax.
Speaking at the inauguration of an anti-tax agency lead by Bishop Emma Isong, the governor said that it is said that government which do not meet the needs of the people in many area still collect tax from them.
He said it is better for him to "task my brain" than to except tax from people who are still struggling. The said as he went around the state, he noticed the level of poverty which made some people to stay in mud houses.
Ayade, who broke down in tears, said: "I never knew as five years as governor, there would still be people living in thatched house in Cross River. I almost cried because I knew how prepared I was but it didn't end the way I dreamt for the state. I wish God would intervene because I really wish I could help. It's very painful."