By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS â€” Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has assured Foodstuff and Farm Produce Dealers Association of Nigeria (Lagos State Chapter) of government support, saying it would work with the association and all concerned stakeholders to address their grievances.
Fashola gave the assurance when he met with the executive and members of the association at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
He said in every situation involving human interaction, conflicts were bound to happen and that the challenge was to find a win-win situation to such conflicts through dialogue rather than resort to strike which at the end of the day would neither solve the problem nor be in the interest of any of the parties involved.
…sets up committee
The governor also announced the setting up of a committee to be headed by the Special Adviser on Revenue and Taxation, Mr Ade Ipaiye, which would meet with the traders and collate taxes and levies allegedly currently being collected from the traders on the road with a view to determining the legal and illegal ones.
The other members of the committee are Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Rotimi Agunsoye; Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Enoch Ajibosho; Special Adviser on Transportation,Â Mr Kayode Opeifa and Special Adviser on the Environment, Sesan Olanrewaju.
Fashola noted that there were reports that some people were taking advantage of the traders by just printing and issuing illegal receipts, stressing that it must be identified and stopped as the government exists to protect the interest of the people.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the traders, Secretary General of the association, Mallam Sheu Usman, said apart from other problems which traders contended with, they were forced to pay for 15 different levy tickets made up of five from the Federal Government, six from Ogun and four from Lagos between Isheri and Berger on the borders of Lagos and Ogun states.