By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado Ekiti—Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday settled the protracted crisis over the new tax regime with members of the tipper owners in the state, this was just as he set new prices for sand and gravel.
The new price of a load of sand, now stands at N14,500 from N12,000, while the new approved price for gravel is N28,000 from the initial N25,000.
At a truce meeting convened by security chiefs in the state and Chief Afe Babalola(SAN), Governor Fayose also accepted that tipper owners should pay N500 per trip as against the initial fee of N1,000 with effect from January 2, 2016.
Tipper owners had rejected the initial fee of N1,000 per trip, a position that pit them against the government, which culminated in a ban on excavation of sand in any part of the state, with effect from December 2, 2015.
The meeting was at the instance of Chief Afe Babalola(SAN), Director of State Services, Mr Duke Fubara and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Etop James.
Fayose, at the meeting, said that all tipper owners in the state must register their vehicles and get a new state number, threatening that whoever flouts the law would pay a sum of N50,000.
His words: “For the fact that I love you and that power belongs to the masses and with the intervention of our revered leader, Chief Babalola and security chiefs, I will accept this proposal. But my position has been that you must pay a sum of N1,000 per trip.
“I want us to come to reality that Ekiti is in dire need of money.”