Katsina gov’t introduces N2,000 annual levy on state’s residents
……. Residents to also pay N500 as cattle tax
The Katsina State Executive Council today introduced Community Development Levy and Cattle Tax (Jangali).
Alhaji Faruk Jobe, commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, stated this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state executive council meeting.
Jobe stated that the committee set up to fashion out modalities for payment of the taxes have submitted its report to the council.
“After receiving the report, we resolved that each adult in the state including none indigene as well as civil servants male or female are pay N2000 as development levy annually.
“For the cattle levy, Jangali, every cow owner will pay N500 per each cow yearly, we are going to push the matter to the state house of assembly for legislative process”, he said.
Asked, if it will not be a double taxing for civil servan to pay another tax after from the one been deducted from their salaries, the commissioner said that is “pay as you earn”.
“While the one the state government introduced is a “development levy”, so they are different things altogether but excluding married women who are not working but working class women will also pay”.
He explained that this kind of kind has been in existence but because of political reasons it was abolished in 1979 but we have now brought it back” he added.
“Before we start, government will take a biometric data of all adults in the state to know those who will pay and those that will not.
“The data will provide us with necessary information, address, business, and other relevant information about the tax payers” he added.
Jobe said the same thing is applicable to the cattle owners, pointing out that the data will provide information on the number of cows one has and where the person lives.
According to him they are not doing these for payment of tax alone but to check insecurity like banditry, cattle rustling, stealing, kidnapping and other criminalities across the state.