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By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Lagos State Government has clarified that the new consolidated daily tax N800 on the informal transport sector in the state is a structure put in place to reduce multiple taxes, fees and levies for all state government officials and local.
On Tuesday, the Finance Commissioner, Mr. Rabiu Olowo, at a ceremony in Alausa, officially unveiled the program along with other stakeholders. This was to harmonize the dues collected by the government from commercial motorists at parks and garages across the state.
Commercial drivers have been asked to pay a flat fee of N800 per day from Tuesday 1st February 2022, and it covers local government tax, car park waste clean up fee and drivers income tax , with tax cards issued to them.
According to Mr. Olowo, “The N800 is a single structured collection of monies payable to all government agencies and parties that are directly or indirectly associated with the transport sector.
“What the government has done is organize the collection and reduce the multiplicity of levies and all sorts of taxes, fees and monies owed to the government by the transport unions.
“Bus drivers will be given tax cards and the problem of arbitrary payments will be eradicated once they pay daily at the loading point.”
However, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos State Branch President, Mr. Musiliu Akinsanya popularly known as MC Oluomo pointed out that the daily charge of N800 is not did not include the union’s normal statutory levy.
“The harmonized levy will not affect the national union ticket. What it aims to consolidate are all the levies collected by the government and it is the unions who have approached the government to help us harmonize the payment of all the levies they collect in order to avoid duplication of levies “said the carrier.
Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Special Advisor on Transport, Mr. Toyin Fayinka, while also speaking at the event, said the development is the first approach towards a total restructuring of the transport sector.
According to him, all stakeholders were duly consulted before the final signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which aims to bring common sense to fleets in line with best practices globally.