The Katsina State government plans to reintroduce the development tax and the cattle tax in order to increase its income.
The State’s Budget and Economic planning commissioner, Faruq Lawal-Jobe, who chairs the Committee on the re-introduction of taxes, made the disclosure during a public awareness campaign on the initiative on Monday, in Katsina.
Lawal-Jobe also said the government would soon start entering data from potential taxpayers, saying the taxes would go directly into a special account meant to help widows and orphans affected by banditry and other security concerns in the State.
According to him, the new tax regime was necessary because the State receives about N6 billion per month from the Federation Account and spends N3 billion on the payment of salaries and allowances.
Also speaking, the Emir of Katsina, Alh. AbdulMumini Kabir, stressed the importance of paying taxes, adding that no country in the world could survive without its citizens paying taxes, saying the money generated from the taxes would help the government undertake people-centered programmes. He assured that the traditional institution of the State would continue to support the administration in its efforts to develop the State.
In his remarks, Governor Aminu Masari said the taxes would be used to improve the living conditions of the population and address the challenges of insecurity facing the State and further stated that the government had formed a committee to help victims of banditry in the State.
Masari revealed that comprehensive data on people raising livestock and other animals would be generated for good tax administration. He added that the government would involve traditional and religious leaders, and the state’s All-Party Advisory Committee to ensure the success of the project.
He urged citizens of the State to convey their views to the Legislature during a public hearing on the matter.