Awka The Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Anambra State Chapter has called on Governor Willie Obiano to rescue them from the hands of revenue racketeers in the state who molest and issue illegal tickets and levies to their members.
The chairman of the association Emeka Ojukwu who was assisted by his secretary, Chidi Saint Oha as he addressed newsmen in Onitsha yesterday said the illegal toll collectors issue tickets and collect levies such as heavy-duty, haulage, container levy, park agent, yellow ticket and road maintenance fees.
They noted that the unwholesome activities of the hoodlums are making it practically impossible for them and their drivers to convey goods to the final destination in Anambra with a spiral effect on the final cost.
The association while commending the governor for harmonizing the Internally Generated Revenue in the state thereby making it modern, easy and efficient, disclosed that it has set up a task force to combat the scourge of import of small arms, ammunition and substandard products in the state
They said the special task force set up the by the association shall work in synergy with the relevant security agencies towards eradication the influx of small arms and all other unwholesome products shipped into the country.
They urged all importers in the state to desist from illegal activities and adhere to the ethics and code of conduct guiding importers by not engaging in importation of any contraband, fake, substandard and counterfeit goods.
While calling on the relevant authorities to use their good offices to address all burning issues affecting their businesses to avoid a breach of public office, they noted that IMAN is determined to solve the problem of multiple taxations and ensure the welfare of their members as the recognized association of importers based in Nigeria.
They said: We are working with Nigerian Shippers Council, Nigeria Ports Authority and other relevant bodies to ensure that importers pay the right fees on import duty and not extorted in the course of their transactions