The Gombe State Internal Revenue Service (GIRS) has announced plans to begin the electronic collection of levies from tricycle and motorcycle operators in the state to end the physical collection on the road as previously done by the association.
This was revealed by the Chairman, GIRS, Abubakar Tata, while speaking during a town hall meeting held with joint unions and security agencies on Monday.
Tata lamented on the situation whereby sellers of motorcycles and tricycles acted as racketeers, registering newly-purchased bikes without requesting for assistance from the service and other necessary organisations.
He said, “Today’s programme is about a town hall meeting that is meant to discuss issues of security threat to Gombe State and also to ensure that all vehicles in the state are registered with the trade union and the right government institutions.
“They should stop registering their vehicles from the vendor. We discovered that they buy their ‘Keke’ or motorcycle and, in the same place that they bought it, they give you plate number and vehicle papers, which is completely wrong.
“This means what has been bought was not registered with Internal Revenue Service and when they get lost, there is no way you can trace them.
“So, we are trying to unify everything so that they won’t be on the road causing accidents before they collect union dues. Dues can be collected in an electronic way. The reason why we are digitalizing the process.
“With this, we are going to create over 3,000 jobs. Instead of stopping people on the road collecting the money; the task force will be scanning the motorcycles and if they discover that you have not been paying, you will be made to pay; and when you have outstanding, it will show in your record.
“Over time, you must have seen how they ‘Okada’ union collecting dues on the road. However, Gombe Internal Revenue Service does not go to the road to collect revenue but we intend to introduce it.
“The law has empowered the service that anyone using the road should pay road maintenance levy. The service has not been collecting this every day. Unfortunately, they don’t construct roads or provide any item in the hospital.”
The Chairman of Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria, Ibrahim Manu, also said that the union would do everything within its power to ensure the government succeeds.