Abuja - Hundreds of traders in Abuja on Thursday staged a peaceful protest against imposition of multiple taxes on them by Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
The protest, facilitated by the Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), was staged at the gate of the Area Council with some traders and officials of the centre displaying placards and chanting war songs.
Abubakar Jimoh, CISLAC’s Information and Communication Officer, said the protest was necessitated by AMAC’s refusal to reverse the trend after several correspondences.
He said female traders suffered some level of intimidation in the hands of officials of the council in the process of enforcing the payment of such taxes.
"This protest is informed by the unfair tax regime on Abuja traders by AMAC.
"It is unfair to subject struggling traders to undefined multiple taxes even when they find it difficult to make ends meet,’’ he said.
He urged authorities of the area council to address the situation in the interest of peace in Abuja.
AMAC’s Vice Chairman, Musa Goza, in his reaction to the protests, said the council was not aware of such taxation.
He said tax collection was contracted out to a consultant and assured the protesters that the situation would be investigated.
He advised CISLAC to liaise with markets in the FCT to get detailed information on such taxes and forward same to the area council for action.
"Our tax collection is done by a consultant; we have heard this kind of complaint in the past but we did not get any proof.
"I urge you to liaise with the various markets to know the situation so that we can address the issue once and for all,’’ he said.
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