- The Katsina government has announced plans to introduce a community development levy and cattle tax called ‘jangali’
- Faruk Jobe, the commissioner for budget and economic planning explained that the move is aimed at boosting the state's internally generated revenue
- Jobe said each adult in the state is to pay N2,000 as a development levy per annum, while cattle owners will be paying N500 annually
Katsina - In order to boost its internally generated revenue, an annual levy of N2,000 per annum is set to be introduced to residents of Katsina by the state government.
The Punch reports that the state commissioner for budget and economic planning, Alhaji Faruk Jobe, made the disclosure on Wednesday, July 7, in Katsina.
It was gathered that cattle owners in the northern state will also start paying N500 called ‘jangali’ on each cow annually.
However, the new measure is subject to confirmation by the state House of Assembly as it will undergo the legislative process.
Jobe while speaking after the State Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Aminu Masari said the recommendation was given in a report by the committee set up on the levy.
He said the committee resolved that each adult in the state, including non-indigenes as well as male and female civil servants, are to pay the development levy annually, The Cable added.
The commissioner for budget added that married women who are not working would be excluded from paying.
Masari backs southern governors, says open grazing is un-Islamic
Earlier, the governor of Katsina state threw his weight behind southern governors who had agreed to ban the practice of open grazing despite the reservation by the presidency.
He described the practise which, according to him, encourages herders to move from one location to another as ‘’un-Islamic.’’
Masari, who spoke at the Government House Katsina as part of activities to mark the second year of his second term in office, argued that necessary infrastructure on livestock farming should be provided in the states for ranching as against open grazing.