Truck owners kick against Lagos government commission agents
The Allied Trucks Transporters Association of Nigeria (ATTAN) has condemned the appointment of commission agents to collect revenues for the Lagos State Government.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos, the Trustee Chairman of the group, Johnson Oyedemi, said they were surprised when the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation invited them for a meeting to inform them of the new system of revenue payment through its commission agents.
He pointed out that they were not carried along in the process of increasing chargeable fees or appointment of commission agents despite the negative effects the economic recession was having on the business environment and operating costs in the state.
Oyedemi lamented that for the state to introduce commission agents as revenue collectors on their behalf was a way of adding extra costs and burden on them.
“For us in ATTAN, every increment in costs or charges by government impacts negatively on our operating costs and reduces the job creation opportunities provided by our members. We have more than 7000 trucks or articulated vehicles operated by our members to serve the commercial and logistic purposes of our customers within and outside Lagos,” he said.
He appealed to the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to use his good offices and magnanimity to review the imposition of the commission agents for the purpose of collecting charges that they have been voluntarily paying directly to the state treasury without default over the years.
Oyedemi informed the government of their support for the newly introduced drivers’ and conductors’ badges for commercial passenger vehicles for the purpose of identification and public security due to incidents of one-chance traffic robberies.
He however, noted that as providers of logistics support for businesses and other entrepreneurial activities in the state, the group should not be compelled to pay the charges to obtain the badges, saying such move would be seen as just another opportunity to generate revenue.
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