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Gombe to unify levy collection from tricycle, motorcycle operators

Gombe to unify levy collection from tricycle, motorcycle operators


Gombe to unify levy collection from tricycle, motorcycle operators

Story from Matthew ELOYI

Gombe State Government has concluded plans to unify levy collection from tricycle and motorcycle operators in the state.

The Chairman of Gombe State Internal Revenue Service, Abubakar Tata who disclosed this during a Town Hall meeting held with joint unions and security agencies on biometrics of members, said the development would end the collection of levies on the road as previously done by the associations.

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According to Tata, over 3,000 individuals would be employed to function as taskforce, who would help harmonise the process of collecting daily levies electronically adding that riders would be better identified.

He lamented the situation where sellers of motorcycles and tricycles acted as racketeers registering newly purchased bikes without due recourse to the service and other relevant organisations.

In his words, “Today’s programme is about a town hall meeting that is meant to discuss issues of security threat to Gombe State and also to ensure that all vehicles in the state are registered with the trade union and the right government institutions.

“They should stop registering their vehicles from the vendor. We discovered that they buy their Keke or motorcycle and in the same place that they bought they give you plate number and vehicle papers which is completely wrong. This means what has been bought was not registered with Internal Revenue Service and when they get lost there is no way you can trace them.

“So, we are trying to unify everything so that they won’t be on the road causing accident before they collect union dues. Dues can be collected in an electronic way. The reason why we are digitalizing the process.

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“With this, we are going to create over 3,000 jobs instead of stopping people on the road collecting the money, the task force will be scanning the motorcycles and if they decide you have not been paying you will be made to pay and when you have outstanding it will show in your record.”

Also speaking, Ibrahim Manu, Chairman, Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), welcomed the biometrics, adding that the union would give the needed support.

Gombe to unify levy collection from tricycle, motorcycle operators

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