Edo State Government has rolled out the daily levies and rates to be paid by operators in the commercial transport sector in the state.
In a release by the Chief of Staff, Hon Patrick Obahiagbon, the Government said while its ban on the collection of rates by some unions in the sector remains in force, it has authorized Akugbe Ventures to collect Personal Income Tax from operators in the sector on its behalf.
The statement reads: “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that the Edo State Government’s ban on various unions including the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Drivers’ Welfare Scheme and other illegal collectors of levies and rates in the transport sector remains in force.
“The only revenue collector authorized by government in the transport sector is Akugbe Ventures and they are authorized to collect Personal Income Tax from the following categories of persons only:
‘Commercial inter-state motor vehicle drivers at the rate of N150 per day per driver;
‘Commercial intra-state motor vehicle drivers (including taxis, buses and tricycles) at the rate of N100 per day per driver;
‘Commercial Motorcycle (Okada) riders at the rate of N50 per day per rider.
“The Governor wishes to emphasise that anybody or group that acts in breach of this directive will be prosecuted and appropriately sanctioned within the provisions of the law.
“Government appeals to all law enforcement agencies to assist in the implementation of this directive with immediate effect.”