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Kano government to modernize motor parks

Kano government to modernize motor parks

Kano State government plans to renovate and upgrade motor parks in the state, as part of its value addition strategy to the trans­portation sector.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje an­nounced this during a meeting with stakeholders in the trans­portation sector of the state on Presumptive Taxation, at the Government House.
He maintained that “mod­ernizing the parks will not only improve the comfort of commuters but will also sig­nificantly reduce the level of crime associated with disor­ganized motor parks”.
The governor said the vi­sion is to put in place parks with standard facilities such as room, restrooms and oth­er facilities that are typical of modern mega cities, pointing out that the move would also enhance revenue generated by the government from such fa­cilities.
On the presumptive tax, the governor stressed that road construction and renovations as well as the provision of oth­er public services are costly while the income accruable to the government has depreciat­ed owing to declining oil pric­es, which has affected receipts from the Federation Account.
Governor Ganduje, there­fore, stressed that as responsi­ble citizens, the various stake­holders in the transportation sector must pay tax duly, pointing out that the levy each category of road user should pay has been worked out and forwarded to the state legisla­ture for ratification.
In this connection, he ap­pealed to transport associa­tions in the state to cooper­ate with the government to strengthen its revenue base, for enhanced development.
Earlier, the chairman of the state Internal Revenue Ser­vice, Sani AbdulQadir Dem­bo explained that the agency decided to carry out Presump­tive Income Tax Assessment of transport related businesses as one of the strategies for creat­ing a tax system that encourag­es compliance with the provi­sions of the state tax laws.
“We decided to tax such groups based on their “aver­age” income instead of actu­al income because we do not have reliable data on them,” he stated.
Some of the stakeholders who spoke during the occa­sion including the state chair­man, National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Alhaji Salisu Dan Awwade and the chairman, Kano state Tip­per Drivers Association, Alh­aji Ado Umar Santar Lungu, promised the cooperate to­wards achieving the set goals.

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