What better time is there to seek solace from dwindling economic fortunes than in a season that depicts patience and tolerance. It is in this light that 24,000 members of the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN) in Borno State appealed to the state government to grant it tax waivers.
Taxmobile.Online gathered that the waivers demanded will only span the Ramadan fasting period due to the limited operations of the group during the holy season.
The waiver request through the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Professor Hussaini Isa Marte, and the State Ministry of Transport is aimed at a complete tax waiver for the period or at least 50% to allow the group to thrive in its operations during the period.
According to the group, making such a demand is not out of place as its current members reaching 24,000 have been compliant with their tax obligations to contribute their quota to the state coffers.
In the seriousness of its demand, the group further assured that it would channel accordingly in due course its demands to the state Governor through appropriate channels of communication and not result to protest.
In TOAN’s words
“Even if it is going to be a 50 percent reduction from the N100 daily tax on each tricycle, our members will be grateful to the State Government for a 50% tax waiver if a 100% tax waiver cannot be achievable.”
“In the state now, we have on record about 24,000 direct Keke NAPEP owners/riders who are direct owners/operators and 74,000 indirect owners/ riders who get favours from the owners (Yan Dani) that relief direct owners whenever they are tired or sick or other work to do.”
In the recent release of Internally Generated Revenue breakdown of states in the federation by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, Borno State ranked 28th in the federation with the sum of ₦11.58bn.
Only a matter of time will tell if these demands will see the light of the day to implementation for a state in dire need to shore up its IGR for developmental purposes as allocation from the central coffers continues to dwindle.