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Lagos commercial buses to pay N800 daily in addition to ‘agbero’ levy

Commercial buses in Lagos will be paying N800 daily dues instead of about N3,000 paid as levies charged by local government and other agencies.

This was disclosed by the state’s Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo. According to him, the levy pegged at a flat rate of N800, covers monies for the local government, clearing of waste from the motor parks, which was being paid to the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), and pollution, dues which were collected by Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), among others.

He disclosed that research has shown that an average commercial bus pays at least N3,000 as due per day while some buses pay as high as N8,000 to N9,000.

The personal income taxes of the drivers have also been included in the N800 daily dues, according to him.

Special Adviser to the State Governor on Transportation, Mr Toyin Fayinka, said; “A bus driver from Badagry having paid N800 to Badagry local government and going to Mile 2, won’t pay again to Ojo local government. The payment of point of departure takes care of the daily levy and other charges by the government”.

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Meanwhile, Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of NURTW, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as ‘MC Oluomo’ had claimed the levy does not stop dues collected by “agbero”.

He explained that the Union, in collaboration with the Road Transport Workers Union, (RTEAN), had approached the State Government to consolidate the fees collected by different LGAs and agencies to make collection easier for government.

“I want to make it clear that the N800 only cover all the money collected by the MDAs; it does not affect the NURTW ticket,” he said.

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