By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — Hundreds of Truck Owners Association in Ogun State, weekend, protested the alleged multiple taxation leveled against them by the officials of the state government and alleged plan by the government to increase the haulage tax fees.
The protesters threatened to relocate their investments to the neighbouring states if the state government goes ahead with the planned increase through an executive bill which had been allegedly sent by the governor to the House of Assembly to effect the increase of the tax.
The state chairman of the association, Lekan Adegun alleged that apart from “the outrageous tax, there are other two taxes that we pay, one of which is a local government tax.”
“We see this as a deliberate attempt to cripple our business so, if the government does not rescind its decision we will have no choice than to shift our businesses to either Lagos or Oyo States.
“Even the present N1,200 tax we are paying is too much but because we want to support the State economy that is why we have agreed to pay”.
“We have sought an audience with the State legislature and it (assembly) asked us to write a Memorandum of Understanding which we did but, it appears to us that none of our opinions was considered.
“If the government insists on passing that law, it will overstretch our businesses and we will have no choice but relocate,” the Chairman said.
Reacting to the threat by the truck owners association, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru pledged to address their issues.
Ashiru while addressing newsmen said that, the government has taken note of the issues and would soon resolve the problems.
He said “ we have told them to be calm and that we will do something about it. The issue of multiple taxation in the state will be addressed , they don’t need to leave the state.”