Sunday 20th August, 2017
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Indiscriminate taxes: Lorry drivers advise colleagues to withdraw services

Indiscriminate taxes: Lorry drivers advise colleagues to withdraw services

The headquarters of Nigeria Lorry Drivers Asso­ciation (NILODA) in Anambra State has directed its members in Taraba and Benue States to quickly with­draw their services and stay off the roads in the two states over the imposition of mul­tiple taxes on its mem­bers.
This, they said, amounts to N136,000 per lorry on daily bas­es. Making this known to newsmen at NILO­DA National Head­quarters in Anambra yesterday, NILODA Acting National Presi­dent, Prince Hamza Danladi, flanked by the Secretary of the union, Hon N C Okeke, said their union’s action was as a result of their inability to make the governments of the two states to see rea­sons why they should reduce the burdens of their colleagues. It added that they were grieved that despite several efforts to ame­liorate the sufferings of their members in the affected states through petitions and appeals, no result was achieved.
While appealing on the authorities of the two states to look into their plights, the union stated that in the af­fected states, members were being forced to pay all manner of taxes and levies.
“In the two states, our members are molested by touts and forced to pay N136,000 per lorry load. We are grieved. We feel exploited and have directed our members to withdraw their services in the af­fected states until the two state governments do something about the situation”, NILO­DA said.

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