Chris Steven, Abuja
The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), and the National Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE) , have joined forces to fight those they described as illegal tax collectors in the nation’s 774 local government areas.
The two local government associations said they lose whooping sum of N500million annual to the activities of illegal tax collectors.
They particularly fingered National Association of Stickers/Emblems Employers of Nigeria, who claimed to be an associate to Trade Union Congress (TUC), Vehicle Emblems and Stickers Permits Operators Association of Nigeria (VESPOAM), and Night Loaders Stickers.
To this end, ALGON/NULGE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Joint Mobile Advertising Agency of Nigeria, and Mobile Advertisers Association of Nigeria (JMOAN/MOAN) in their bid to put an end to the exploitation of local government areas by those unauthorized agents or association.
Briefing journalists over the weekend in Abuja, the Chairman, Board of Trustee, JMOAN/MOAN, Hon. Gabriel Ojoba said the alliance was forged in order to stamp out illegal collection by unauthorized people.
“Today you hear a lot of noise from the highways that people are forcing people to pay legal fees on the highways. The fact is that these people are not accredited agents of the LGs and they don’t have authority or power to do so.”
In a bid to harmonize all local government approved revenue collections (mobile advertisement permits, loading and offloading motor park levies, environmental protection/sanitation permits, radio and television permits) as well as block the leakages in the accruing revenue to local government.
The NEC of ALGON has resolved to appoint a credible revenue collection organisation -JOAN/MOAN to act on his behalf for the issuance of ALGON National consolidated clearance to curb the incidences of multiplicity of taxes and promote uniformity in the collection process,” he said.
Ojoba noted that with the emergence of the alliance, they have been able to create a platform in line with the directives of the Joint Task Board, and the Federal Ministry of Finance.
“We have come out with a clearance certificates, a proscripts, we have also come out with a consolidated clearance of NULGE/ALGON, and these two documents are free, they are for unifotmity, they are for free movement of vehicles,we want to make sure that no vehicle that moves from one location to the other has a problem in the highway, once you pay your due at one particular local government that payment covers you throughout the country,” he added.
The BoT Chairman stressed that a national task force has been put in place to monitor the activities of those impersonating the association, and has also resolved to stamping out road blocks out of the highways.
He explained that, “we want to make sure that 2016 is hitch-free for all motorists who obtain these documents from the local government. All we are saying is that go to your local government, pay your level there, join the two document to it and you have free passage .”