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Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, says Kano State Government has the capacity to generate a monthly revenue of N12 billion if each of its estimated 12 million people is charged a flat monthly rate of N1,000.
Sanusi, made the assertion during the launch of the state Presumptive Taxation for commercial vehicle operators at the Government House in Kano on Sunday.
He explained that “collecting a small amount from many people will definitely boost the coffers of the government.”
Sanusi noted that if Kano can generate as much as N12 billion monthly, it would not rely on funds from the Federation Account.
“Paying taxes is securing our pride. We are disparaged because we rely on oil money so we must explore alternative ways to sustain our state,” he added.
Sanusi promised that his council would support the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje administration in its revenue generation drive.
He advised the state government to ensure that owners of big landed property like residential structures at Nassarawa GRA in the state capital, pay ground rent properly to enable the government provide services for the poor.
Speaking, Ganduje, explained that the presumptive tax was for commercial vehicles-buses, trucks, mini trucks, assorted tankers, luxury buses, tippers, trailers, taxis and tricycles.
“The taxes we are going to collect will help us ensure that the roads you travel are free from potholes and will enable us build more roads, so that you can have the enabling environment to do business with ease,” he said.
Ganduje added that monies collected would be used to provide more public utilities such as schools, health facilities, roads and to fund many pro poor programmes.
“We are paying salaries but that is not enough. We have to provide other services that would make living condition in Kano much better.
“Capital-intensive projects being provided by the government are funded with tax payers’ money”, he added.