The acting Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Nasarawa State chapter, Mr Alfred Alogana, has expressed the body’s displeasure over the unfavourable tax regime in the state. He made special reference to the Gaseous Emission Tax, which manufacturers and producers of goods are subjected to by various agencies of the state government.
Alogana stated these in an interview with Northern City News in Lafia on Thursday. According to him, the tax in question is outrageous and is adversely affecting the capacity of local manufacturers in the state. He said, “We asked what the Gaseous Emission Tax was all about and they said the generators we use for our business emit gas, which is poisonous, and so we were to pay for it. “We then asked if they were going to clean the gas from the atmosphere, but they could not explain anything, and they still went ahead to enforce the payment. “I don’t really know what they are after; they brought notices to us that we have to pay for gaseous emission. They force us to pay huge amounts. In their letter, it is N24,000 per producer per year.” “I don’t see legality of this. I don’t see anything good in it because it is the government that is supposed to supply electricity, but it is not doing it. So for somebody to get a generator to help himself to do what he is doing and contribute his quota to the state and be charged for it is unfair.” According to him, the Nasarawa State Government, through the state Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals, has been compelling local manufacturers and producers in the state to pay this tax since 2018. He appealed to the state government to take another look at the tax, because manufacturers in the state were already overburdened by the problems of poor infrastructure, multiple taxation and a harsh business environment. When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals, Mallam Usman Abu, confirmed the introduction of the Gas Emission Tax, which he said was backed by legal notice No. 6 enacted in 2018.