The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, has disclosed that the Federal Government will soon harmonise taxes paid by jetty operators to address double taxation and promote ease of doing business in the country.
Mu’azu who disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja in a meeting with the Technical Sub-Committee of the Presidential Standing Committee on Private Jetties led by its Chairman, Joseph Ororo, noted that operators are more often made to pay multiple registration fees by different regulatory agencies such as the National Inland Waterways Authority NIWA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The Minister advised the committee members to make unscheduled visits to jetties to ensure compliance with extant laws and regulations.
Speaking earlier, chairman of the committee, Joseph Ororo, said the listed the committee’s terms of reference to include reopening all jetties deemed vital to the economy of the country as well as to examine all the remaining closed jetties and recommend those to be retained and those to remain permanently closed.
“The standing committee meets from time to time to consider applications for operating licence for jetties and recommend those to be issued new licences by the Honourable Minister of Transportation,” he said.
Source: Ships & Ports Ltd