Motorcycle riders protest revenue increment in Zamfara

Motorcycle riders in Zamfara State on Monday took to the streets of Gusau, the state capital, to protest the sudden revenue increase from N20 to N50 per day.

The protestors gathered at the state Internal Revenue Service in Gusau to demand an explanation for the sudden increase without notifying them.

Speaking to newsmen, the motorcycle riders said they just woke up to hear the sudden increase which they said informed the protest.

“We are humans and we have the constitutional right to be informed of any change of policy that affects us” they lamented.

When newsmen visited the secretariat of the Amalgamated Association of Motorcycle Riders and Owners in Gusau, everywhere was locked because of the protest and none of the executive members could be reached for comment.

When contacted, the Chairman, Zamfara State Internal Revenue Service, Alhaji Akilu Mohammed Dama, who spoke through the Director of Administration, Alhaji Mohammed Lawal Muhktar, said the problem did not concern the Internal Revenue Service but the leaders of the motorcycle riders association.

According to him, the management of the Internal Revenue Service held a series of meetings with leaders of the association and even wrote an official letter which they responded to indicating their acceptance of the increment.

“If the leaders of the association did not inform their members, there should be an internal crisis between the leaders and their members not to disturb the peace of the general public.

“Even the N20 they claimed that they were paying, we were not receiving anything from the people collecting the N20 from them,” he said.

The Chairman said that plans have been concluded for data capturing to know the number of motorcycle riders operating across the 14 local government areas of the state.

According to him, the name of every commercial motorcycle rider, number of his motorcycle, his address must be taken, saying that every motorcycle rider must be given a number for security reasons.

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