Regional Mega Cattle Market to boost IGR
Abdullahi Idris, Gombe.
“The Association was given a land by the Governor of Kogi State to establish the animal market in the North, which would alleviate the sufferings of members.
“We will negotiate on how and when the market can be run by him. Then, it will be handed over to us. After that we look on that of Otukpo and develop it too so that we have two of them.
“If there is no any improvement as we are battling today, we will ask all our members to come to border towns; we’ll do our bussiness, you come and buy and we sell to you. Every one will go back home safely, and we are heading to that because the hardship is too much,” said Yusuf.
He lamented other challenges cattle dealers faced, while transporting animals from the north to the eastern part:
Reacting to allegations that commuters don’t pay taxes and union dues as at when due, Yusuf debunked the allegations:
“We pay revenue where we loaded cows. Thank God from Gombe or Sokoto or Maiduguri to Lagos, you will travel freely, you will not pay one Kobo on the road, until you reach Lagos; that is where you pay State Government ₦3,500; local government ₦2,500 and vendors of company you pay them ₦ 20,000 on each cow.
“This is what we are spending in Lagos. We spend too much while travelling to eastern region. We spend nothing less than ₦250,000 or more than that, especially if we are passing through Benue State.