Kogi State chapter of the National Cashew Association of Nigeria ( NCAN) has appealed to the federal government to look into the multiple taxation and illegal collection of revenue by the state government and her agencies.
Sule Ochanya, the state chairman made the appeal at Anyigba during the chapters meeting, saying Kogi State cashew stakeholders has come to realise that the government encourages her agencies to I, pose levies of all kind on cashew farmers and buyers in the state.
He equally disclosed that both sellers and buyers were constantly harassed, intimidated and threatened on the farms, adding that cashew dealers were also forced to buy the Kogi jute bag at a high cost of N1,000 each instead of N400 elsewhere and N70 with a margin of N530 per bag in favour of the state government.
Ochanya equally made an appeal to Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Senate President, the Speaker House of Representatives, the Speaker kogi House of Assembly, the Federal Inland Revenue Authority and Inspector General of Police lamenting that states like Nasarawa, Enugu, Edo, Niger and Benue collect N20,000 in all per truck but that of Kogi in sum together is about N500,000.
The NCAN chairman also disclosed that about 85 per cent of the total population of the state is made up of cashew farmers and traders. He said this exorbitant tax has drastically inflicted more hardship on the people.
“Kogi State government cannot be an exception from other cashew producing state in the country.”