Adamawa Govt Imposes N1000 Tax On Cattle, Targets N12 Billion Revenue

Cattle sellers in Adamawa State are now to pay N1000 per head of a cow before they could be allowed into the market in the state, the state government said.

This is part of the revenue drive of the state Government as it targets N12.1 billion internal revenue profile in 2021.

Dr. Ishaya John Dabari, Adamawa State Commissioner for Finance and Budget, said the tax is applicable to the six cattle markets across the three senatorial zones in the state.

HumAngle learnt that cattle marketers used to pay N200 per head of cattle but with the new revenue target by the State Government, they are now to pay N1000 per head of cattle.

According to an official of the government who did not want to be named, any marketer that defaults in the payment of the new tax will not be allowed to enter into the market.

“The government will make efforts to ensure that some of the state’s untouched resources of internal generated revenue are restrained and appropriately maintained towards the improvement of the 2021 revenue,” he said.

Dabari disclosed that not all livestock will be affected with newly imposed tax, but only cattle markets will be charged.

The Commissioner told journalists on Thursday in Yola, the state capital, that the state government had budgeted over N140 billion for its recurrent and capital development programmes for the year 2021.

Dabari noted that after reviewing the performance of the 2020 budget, the budget was revised from N180 billion to 140 billion due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state, adding that 52 per cent was for capital expenditure, while 48 per cent was for recurrent expenditure.

He added that the current Adamawa State budget will target the economy in order to boost and transform the state amenities within the fiscal year.

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