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Posted: Dec 31, 2015 at 9:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

2016: Impose property tax on Abuja landlords,business owners, NLC urges Buhari

By Innocent Oweh,Abuja

The Nigeria Labour Congress has suggested that in the year 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari could generate more funds to meet capital projects by imposing property taxes on several flashy estates and other structures in the Federal Capital Territory,Abuja.

NLC in its new year message to Nigerians on Thursday,also suggested that business elites and multinational companies scattered all over the country,most of whom are notorious for evading tax levies, should be incorporated into the scheme by the federal and states revenue services.

President of NLC,



in the statement, noted that some of the buildings and structures have laid unoccupied for years, giving credence to believe that they are properties developed with laundered funds.

Wabba equally took a swipe on the Nigerian governors forum over their position on the N18,000 national minimum wage,saying rather than exploit other means of revenue generation,they have decided to engage Nigerian workers in battle.

“Instead of using our current economic reality as a basis for deep reflection on how to revive and rebuild our economy, our political elite have instead chosen to engage Nigeria workers in battle.

“This is symbolised in recent threats by the Nigerian Governors Forum to abandon the payment of the N18, 000 national minimum wage which was enacted into law in 2011, or in the alternative sack workers to join the army of the unemployed,”Wabba said.

On the controversial new pump price of fuel in the country,which takes effect from January 1st,2016,NLC argued that the fall in the price of crude oil should provide a unique opportunity for managers of the economy to go back to the basics by exploring ways of diversification.

His words,”One major threat against the poor masses of Nigeria is the vigorous advocacy by several representatives of the ruling class, their business elite collaborators, the World Bank and IMF, that the Nigerian government should use the opportunity of the low price of crude oil to remove the subsidy on petroleum products.

“The argument, as we have heard over and over in the last 30-35 years, is that the money so freed from paying subsidy will be used to upgrade our infrastructure, provide educational and healthcare facilities among others.

“Our governments need to invest in modern agricultural infrastructure so that we can bring back the groundnut pyramids, the cocoa and palm plantations of the First Republic. In Ikeja Industrial Estate and the Apapa Port in Lagos, the infrastructure built to handle bulk export of cocoa are still lying waste. These can be revived”.

NLC described the outgone year 2015 as quite eventful and challenging for Nigerian workers,considering several factors which tested the resilience of Nigerians.

The workers umbrella union listed the March/April general elections that took place against the backdrop of a lot of apprehension and doomsday prediction that the country would be unable to overcome the attendant crisis that would emanate from it.

According to Wabba,the outstanding performance of Prof. Attahiru Jega-led INEC, and the remarkable statesmanship displayed by the then incumbent President Jonathan, as well as the firmness of his challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, which culminated in giving Nigeria its first authentic transition from one ruling party to the other in its 55-year history as an independent nation are worthy testaments of our resilience as a people.

Labour gave the Federal Government thumbs up for its anti-graft policies,noting that the fundamental problem that has been crippling Nigeria was that of endemic corruption.

“The recent exposure of the massive corruption scam superintended over by Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), is one sordid example that graphically illustrates how bad things went under the last dispensation.

“In the light of the above, the Nigerian Labour Congress gives full support to President Muhammadu Buhari in his resolve to fight and defeat corruption,”NLC stated.