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.