- President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to put an end to illegal tax collection across the country
- The president says he is appalled to learn that these illegal tax collections still persist in Nigeria
- President Buhari made the promise when he received the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the federal government will put an end to illegal tax collection with a view to encouraging more private sector businesses across the country.
President Buhari made the promise on Friday, January 11, following the request by the association on the need for the federal government to rein in on the unhealthy practice of illegal tax collections, Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng gathers that President Buhari received the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria (AUFCDN), led by Ali Tahir.
Buhari said: ‘‘I am appalled to learn that these illegal tax collections still persist. Bad habits are not easily dropped. But let me assure you that relevant security agencies will be reminded of their duties in preventing these bad practices and safeguarding people like you who go about their legitimate businesses.
‘‘I will take up all your appeals and complaints in due course and together with State Governments, we will attend to your proposals.
‘‘The merchandise and products you trade in are basic to any economy. The real wealth of this country lies in agriculture and livestock rearing.’’
In his own remarks, the general secretary of the union, Ahmed Alaramma, said: ‘‘Roadblocks are mounted by unknown persons on several highways including those in Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Abia, Enugu, Anambra, Imo and Bayelsa States and these continue to constitute a hindrance to our businesses.’’
He promised that the union would work for the re-election of President Buhari “because of the great strides his administration has taken to put the country on the path of sustainable growth”.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari appreciated the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians from different walks of life, vowing not to disappoint them.
The president spoke on Thursday, January 3, at the State House, Abuja, as he was decorated Grand Patron of the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) by the board of trustees of the prime media awards organisation in the country.
He described the investiture as “a timely honour”, adding that he had known a good number of the members of the NMMA board “since the time I didn’t even know I would be here”.
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