Introduction of development levy cattle tax on Katsina residents undemocratic, insensitive – CNG
The introduction of annual developmental levy and cattle tax on every adult resident and cattle in Katsina State by the Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s administration has been described as insensitive, undemocratic, inhumane as it is ill-timed.
This is contained in a communique issued by the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG in Katsina State after their emergency State Executive Council meeting today.
In the communique signed by the Coalition’s North West Coordinator, Comrade Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi, they also asked the state government to reverse the decision and suspend it with immediate effect.
Below is the full text of the communique:
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF AN EMERGENCY STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING OF THE COALITION OF NORTHERN GROUPS
June 9, 2021
Our attention was drawn to the audacious resolve by the Katsina State Executive Council to introduce a regime of unpopular policies of taxation involving Community Development Levies and Cattle Taxes (Jangali).
The decision by the council is as insensitive, undemocratic, inhumane as it is ill-timed in the light of the prevailing harsh economic realities amidst mounting poverty and widespread insecurity.
The policies are indeed harmful to a people having to live with daunting multi-sectoral challenges that are pregnant with complications and unforeseen economic, social and political consequences.
Today, people in the state live in fear of violence and an uncertain future that call to question the willingness and capacity of leaders to secure citizens lives and properties leading to imminent deterioration of farming activities, impending famine and attendant mass sufferings while pastoralism has long become history across most rural.
The situation is exercerbated by a disabling rise in the level of joblessness, homelessness, inflation and mass hopelessness leaving the only conclusion that those who pose as leaders today are grossly deficient in compassion, sympathy and concern for the people they swore to lead.
1. The state government should have a rethink on the matter and suspend it with immediate effect.
2. We demand to know the total monthly allocation recieved by the state government from the federal government since assumption in office, where and how the money were spent.
3. We demand to know the stand of state IGR, where and how they are spent
4. We demand to know the total loan ( internal and external) incurred by the state government, where and how it was spent
5. We demand to know the stand of all the state properties, as rumours goes that some are sold, lease if so where and how the money were spent.
6. We call on the state Government as a matter of urgency to take immediate steps to disband all militias and armed groups in the state by resort to the use of any means humanly possible wether kinetic or non kinetic, to ensure that no group has the capacity to challenge the State in its prerogative to maintain law and order and protect citizens’ lives and properties.
7. We call on the state government to implore a genuine means of creating employment opportunities to our teeming youth and also to bring up policies that will ease hardship people in the state are facing.
We, therefore, urge the traditional rulers, religious leaders, elders, intellectuals, the cultured section of our politicians, the professionals, youth and students, business men and women, civil servants, civil society organisations and the general public to mobilize to resist this onslaught of the state Executives Council to create another hardship to our people for their on personal benefits.
Finally, while we remain vigilant over the direction and fate of our state, it should also be clear that the Youth are the major stakeholders in whatever happens in the state, and the Leaders will be making a terrible mistake if it assumes that we’re a mere pushover to be turned into marginal elements in all calculations on the future of our state.
Yours In Struggle
Comrade Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi