President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the federal government will put an end to illegal tax collection with a view to encouraging more private sector businesses across the country.
President Buhari made the promise on Friday, January 11, following the request by the association on the need for the federal government to rein in on the unhealthy practice of illegal tax collection.
President Buhari received the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria (AUFCDN), led by Ali Tahir.
Buhari said: ‘‘I am appalled to learn that these illegal tax collections still persist. Bad habits are not easily dropped. But let me assure you that relevant security agencies will be reminded of their duties in preventing these bad practices and safeguarding people like you who go about their legitimate businesses. I will take up all your appeals and complaints in due course and together with State Governments, we will attend to your proposals.
“The merchandise and products you trade in are basic to any economy. The real wealth of this country lies in agriculture and livestock rearing.”
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