The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) has raised alarm over multiple taxation suffered by those plying the foodstuff and cattle trade, a situation they say is responsible for food-price increase in the country.

They also call on government at all levels to wade in on touts who, in the name of revenue generated, have subjected their members to what they termed ‘criminal activities and robbery’ as they move their goods from one part of the country to another.

Speaking to journalists at the union’s 1st Quadrennial National Conference of AUFCDN in Abuja, national president of the union, Dr Muhammed Tahir, said the meeting was geared towards finding lasting solutions to the menace which has brought untold hardship on members and indeed citizens alike.

“This meeting is to re-discourse the union with our members from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT, stakeholders and government, what are we about, what are we doing now and where we are heading to. We are also suffering from multiple taxation on the federal highways. For instance, from Maiduguri to Lagos or from Sokoto to Port Harcourt, when traveling at night, you see over 30 boys with sticks, planks and other dangerous materials on the road all in the name of collecting revenue. I truly doubt their authenticity because they may not be working for government. What sort of revenue do you collect at 12 or 1am? We see this as robbery or at best, an illegal operation.

“Our union laws are in agreement with both state and federal revenue laws to pay our revenues from uploading points to offload points. We discussed these with government at various levels and it is there.

“Imagine a situation that you load from Kano and pay everything as regards revenue and get the required permits but you again start paying another one from Kaduna, Niger, Abuja, Kogi, Edo Delta, Anambra, Imo and so on. By the time you get to your destination, you may have incurred an extra N250, 000 which you will add to the goods hence the increase in price of food to the detriment of our fellow citizens. Government should please check this anomaly.”