Yesterday, the Lagos State administration was accused of double taxation and unfriendly business practices by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
In a presentation at the seventh Lagos Corporate Assembly, Vice President, MAN, Lagos Zone, Chief John Aluya, said that while the existing law of the land use charge confirmed a consolidation of all land-based laws and charges, most member-companies and even associations are being forced to pay both land use charge and ground rent. At the gathering dubbed “BOS meets business,” he spoke on behalf of MAN.
“This is double taxation. We urge your administration to try as much as possible to eliminate double taxation,” he said.
SIMILARLY, President of MAN, Mansur Ahmed, has decried low level of industrialisation, multiple taxation, epileptic power supply, infrastructural deficits and other challenges besetting the manufacturing sector.
“The President, whose speech was presented virtually by Mr. Samuel Kolawole, MAN Vice President (West), maintained that states under the purview of the branch are struggling under the yoke of those challenges inhibiting their operations and optimum production.”
He, therefore, appealed to the governments to enhance the business environment for the existing industries to thrive.
ALSO, President, LCCI, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, said the movement of goods and persons was still quite challenging and had contributed to the rate of inflation in the state.”
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