Ogun loses N250mn monthly to fraudsters from double taxation

Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The state launches own stickers to eradicate this practice.

The Ogun State Government said it is losing about N250 million monthly to unscrupulous individuals who print fake haulage tickets to enrich themselves.

The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, made this known while speaking at the public presentation of a new haulage sticker in Abeokuta.

He said the state government has therefore launched its branded haulage stickers to tackle fraudulent acts, sanitize the haulage toll collection system and address the issue of double taxation.

Mr. Ashiru said it would also help to streamline and unify haulage collection as well as eradicate the use of spikes, thugs and hooligans for the collection of haulage toll across the state.

“Throwing spikes on the road is not Ogun standard; so, we are trying to let people know that we are working. The only way to do this is by ensuring that stakeholders understand our focus and strategy. What we are trying to do is to unify haulage payment so that it will be one. We will thereafter do our balance of settlement in-house,” he said.

The commissioner assured that monitoring activities would be intensified to ensure compliance, adding that the stickers have been computerized for effective monitoring and easy identification. He also stated that it would also ensure efficient and effective haulage payment for both corporate organizations and individuals.

He further expressed optimism that the new sticker, expected to come into operation from the first day of next month, would address the unwholesome practice.

In their remarks, representatives of stakeholders in attendance including Dangote Cement Plc, Purechem Cement and Truck Owners Association of Nigeria commended the State Government’s initiative and expressed readiness to cooperate towards ensuring a successful implementation.

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