Tuesday, the Federal Government said it is working to get rid of multiple taxes on roads so that goods can move freely around the country.
The government said that taxing roads more than once was against ECOWAS rules.
Mu’azu Sambo, the Minister of Transport, spoke at the 10th national delegates conference of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria in Abuja, where Dr Musa Maitakobi was re-elected for a second term as the National President of RTEAN.
Sambo said, “We’re working on that because multiple taxations on our roads is against ECOWAS rules of free movement of goods. We are in touch with several states. After the last road monitoring exercise, the notes are yet to come in full, but we will discuss with the state commissioners of transport the issue of multiple taxations.
“It’s not good, it’s a burden and it pushes up the price of products that farmers are taking into the various market.”
He added that “Road transport accounts for 90 per cent of the movement of goods, services and persons and it’s tied to the economic recovery and growth plan of the present administration. Therefore, as a major player in the set-up, RTEAN plays a pivotal role in the growth and recovery of the nation.”