The Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, MAN, Kwara state chapter, has threatened that companies and industries will relocate to neigbouring states should the state government continue to make life unbearable for them through imposition of multiple taxes and levies.
The spokesperson of the association, Pharmacist Bioku Rahaman stated this after the public hearing on a bill sent by the state executive council to the state house of assembly titled “kwara state processing levy bill 2017.
Rahaman, who noted that the new levy is not in compliance with the constitution, lamented that the new one is in addition to about thirty-one different levies already been paid by companies. He added that the taxation system will eventually render Kwara youths jobless.
Speaking at the hearing of the debate, representative of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC Muritala Saheed and the president, Kwara Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA), Alhaji Ahmed Raji condemned the proposed bill, noting that it is capable of killing industries and creating unemployment.
Other contributors to the bill called on Kwara State Internal Revenue Service to desist from duplicating Lagos state tax policy, a state they said once a federal capital territory with lots of infrastructural development.
While reacting to claim that the public is not carried along with government policies, a member of the house, Honorable Ahmed Ibn-Mohamed called on the state executive council to always liaise with the people of the state before sending any bill to the house for debate. The state house of assembly has however set Tuesday for final hearing on the new bill.