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Livestock dealers decry members’ extortions

Livestock dealers decry members’ extortions
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1,800 trucks transport livestock from the northern to the southern part monthly.

Alhaji Mustafa Ali, the head of the Association of Sheep and Goat Sellers of Nigeria, has recently spoken out against the extortion of members by non-state actors, highlighting the unabated challenges in the states of Benue and Taraba. He claims that over 1,800 trucks freight livestock such as cattle, goats, sheep, and camels from northern to southern Nigeria every month. Among the southern states where livestock was freighted, Lagos ranked as the most prominent, followed by Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Abia, and Bayelsa.

Also holding the title of National Auditor of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN), Alhaji Mustafa Ali, expressed displeasure over the present economic conditions, saying that, unlike the market level in prior years, sales are quite stagnant from November or two weeks to Christmas since livestock are pricey from the dealers’ end and point of sales. He said that despite this, the industry has enormous potential, beginning with the purchase of animals and ending with final merchants. He said the value chain generates numerous work opportunities for youths and others and is particularly plentiful during the festive season.

Unauthorized tax collectors had set up 40 toll gates in Benue state.

The National Organising Secretary of AUFCDN, Alhaji Ayuba Umar Rano, made a statement in which he highlighted the adverse consequences of various extortions in several states carried out under the guise of taxation by non-state actors on their profitability. He noted that extortion was worse in certain states than others, and he expressed particular fury at the situation in Benue state, where unauthorized tax collectors had set up more than 40 toll gates. In contrast to the Benue state, no other state in the nation has been unjustly overtaxed by non-state revenue collectors.

Following a discussion with their revenue service, Rano stated that a tax of N50,000 per truckload of cattle is now required at each toll gate if the livestock were not loaded inside the state and a fee of N25,000 for cattle purchased within the state. However, he noted that state administrations are not aware of the issue. According to him, none of the taxes collected at the toll gate were forwarded to the federal or state governments.

There are additional challenges inherent to the business.

He continued by saying that the scenario is different for cattle dealers on certain other roads, including from Mubi in Adamawa State, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, and Niger states to Lagos, where there is little to no penny along the way. Considering the high value of cows and the high cost of transportation, Rano indicated that there are additional challenges inherent to the business. He explained by relating an incident that took place along the highway from Maigatari to Owerri, in which a vehicle conveying cows was hijacked and at least eight cows, valued a total of N800,000, were stolen.

In addition, Reno added that the challenges are insurmountable, as a result of which it would cost no less than N500,000 to convey a cow from Mubi to Port Harcourt. A vehicle that was going from Gombe to Port Harcourt reported spending more than N580,000 before reaching its destination. Because of the high cost of gasoline, the total cost of hiring a trailer to convey livestock could range anywhere from N1.5 million to N1.6 million.

Only a few people earn reasonable profit from the business.

The overall expenditures incurred before a cow reaches its destination in the South, including transportation, meals, and road fees, amount to N75,000 to N80,000, as opposed to N30,000 for transporting a cow before. Reno adds that if you are selling to someone who is not ready to purchase, they will not want to purchase at a price that would fetch a good profit; considering this, only a few people earn a reasonable profit from the business. Nevertheless, he reiterated that the unauthorized actors extorting members are of major concern.


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21 days ago

Livestock dealers decry members’ extortions – 1,800 trucks transport livestock from the northern to the southern part monthly. – Express your point of view.

Member
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21 days ago

A recent statement made by the head of the Association of Sheep and Goat Sellers of Nigeria condemned the practice of members of the association being extorted by non-state actors.

Member
8
21 days ago

Since livestock is more expensive from the dealers’ end and the point of sales, there is a significant decline in sales from November until around two weeks before Christmas.

Member
8
21 days ago

Dissatisfaction with the current state of the economy, citing the fact that, in contrast to the market level in previous years, sales have remained relatively constant.

Member
8
21 days ago

More than forty toll gates had been erected in Benue state without authorization. However, no other state in the country has been subjected to such unfairly high taxes as Benue.

Member
8
21 days ago

The industry, which starts with the purchase of animals and ends with final merchants, has huge potential. The value chain creates a lot of job chances for young people and others, especially during the holiday season.

Member
8
21 days ago

When you are advertising to an individual who is not yet prepared to buy, they will not be interested in purchasing at a price that would result in a healthy profit for you.

Member
8
21 days ago

Particularly during the winter holiday season, the value chain generates a lot of job opportunities for young people as well as other people.

Member
8
21 days ago

Beginning with the acquisition of animals and continuing all the way through to the final retailers, the business offers a tremendous amount of untapped potential.

Member
8
21 days ago

Members of the association been extorting explain by the head of the associate meeting different challenges charges of fees by non state actor without the aware of the state administration which the fees is high to be affording

Member
8
21 days ago

The operation of these unauthorized tax collectors is uncalled for. They are just extorting the cattle dealers as they see fit. Government interference is really need at this stage.

Member
9
21 days ago

Livestock dealers decry members’ extortions. Government need to do something about the extortion. So many people are complaining about the extortion

Member
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20 days ago

The issue of double taxation or extortion from unknown people across major cities in Nigeria is making business very difficult because if you don’t give them,they can destroy’s someone business and the business may later lead to lost

Member
8
20 days ago

The political leaders governing us has created a corrupt systems. The extortion is happening everywhere, in almost every sector in Nigeria. Our government should please do the needful to correct this anomaly .

Member
8
20 days ago

Extortion is in every sector in Nigeria. Livestock leaders decrying extortion should know that is not peculiar to there situation alone but is widespread in Nigeria. Government should find lasting solution to this corrupt system.

Member
8
20 days ago

The association’s head has been extorting non-state actors for fees without the state administration’s knowledge.

Member
8
20 days ago

Retailers of livestock have complained about extortion attempts by members. The government should take action to stop extortion. Extortion is a major source of discontent, and many people are complaining about it.

Member
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20 days ago

Why won’t there be increment in all things when the way and manners they are been extorted is too much by creating unnecessary toll gates to collect money from transport bringing the livestocks to Nigeria and we expect things to be good .

Member
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20 days ago

The purchase of animals and ends with final merchants, has huge potential. The value chain creates a lot of job chances for young people and others, especially during the holiday season.

Member
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20 days ago

Our political leaders are to blame for the corruption in our government. Extortion is rampant across the board in Nigeria, affecting virtually every industry. Please have our government fix this problem.

Member
8
20 days ago

Livestock dealers have complained about members’ extortion attempts. To put an end to extortion, the government should take action. Extortion is a significant source of unhappiness, and many individuals are unhappy about it.

Abusi
Member
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19 days ago

Extortion of the livestock dealers should be stopped and discouraged. There is need to protect the livestocks too, so they won’t incur so many losses.

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