By Lukman Ayelabola
In its bid to increase on its Internally Generated Revenue, the Osun State Government has directed butchers in the state to pay N700 as levy for every cow slaughtered for sale in the state.
The state government announced the levy after a meeting it held Osun Cattle Butchers Association in Osogbo.
A former Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Wale Adedoyin, who is now a consultant to the state government, told journalists after the meeting that the levy was introduced to boost the state IGR.
Adedoyin who represented the state government at the meeting stated that the two parties at the meeting also agreed that establishment of a new slaughter slab would attract payment of N50, 000 henceforth.
He added that registration of each member of the butchers association would attract N2,500 while annual renewal of registration would cost N1,000.
The former commissioner explained further that the levies became necessary in order to improve on the finances of the state, adding that proceeds from the levy would also be used for provision of necessary facilities at the abattoirs.
He said levy was not intended to cause hardship or pains to the butchers, and appealed to them to cooperate with the government.
The Coordinating Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Youth Engagement in the state, Also speaking, Bukola Aluko, assured butchers that the government would provide facilities and support them to make their operations easier.
In their reaction to the development, Chairman and Patron of the butchers association, Sulaiman Adebimpe and Tiamiyu Alamu, respectively, expressed gratitude to the state for always involving them in decisions affecting the group, just as they assured that their members would strive to comply with the levy directives.
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