BY MUSA DISO
Worried by what he calls the “multiple taxations” been charged industries in the state, an engineer and business investor, Engr. Balarabe Mohammed has charged the Kano State Government to as a matter of urgency, review its taxing policies which he says are having adverse effects on the industrial drive of the area.
Mohammed who is the managing director of Executive Sparkling Laundry and Cleaning Service Ltd, Kano – one of the biggest laundry and dry cleaning concerns in the North – cautions the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje Administration over the burden of multiple taxations it imposed on the few remaining industries in the state, warning that if care is not taken, such industries may sooner or later go into extinction like others.
The Engineer who had spent several years studying and working in a number of countries abroad, was speaking in an interview with The Maestro at his laundry office located near the Kano State Trade fair Complex last week.
According to him, “we as industrialists are economic boosters through and through especially in the areas of providing and creating huge employment opportunities to Nigerians from all walks of life, apart from the revenue we generate for Government. Yet, the taxes we pay to the Government are discouraging and are taking their tolls on our business ventures”.
He lamented that, as a result of such taxes which come in from about ten (10) different Government Ministries and parastatals in the state, their production capacity and Labour force are witnessing a serious down turn which he says could plung the few running manufacturing and small-scale industries in the state into a serious, king-size economic mess which on the long run, would do neither the Government nor the industries any good but complete set back.
Mohammed therefore, advised the Government to dialogue with industries in the state, particularly those on small-scale who have thousands of employment in their folds with a view to reaching a final solution to the lingering multiple taxations that have over the years been clogs in the progress of industrialization in the area.
He observed that in advanced Nations government partner with business investors and encourage them through various initiative and incentives “because business investments are strong economic strategies for the progress and developments of their countries and I advice our Government to emulate such encouraging factors for the common good of our society”.
Mohammed who also runs ABI Engineering and General Services Ltd. Which he established in 2007 along side his laundry venture, says, he has over 30 employees in his folds and hopes to employ more as the volumes of work increase, pointing out that he has never benefited with any form of government assistance from any quarter.
“with encouragement like working equipments, interest – free loans and other necessary logistics from government, we shall go a long way in boosting the economic and industrialization drives of our state and the nation in general”, he noted.
He gives Kudos to President Mohammadu Buhari for his clamour to make Nigerians, particularly the youths become self-reliant, adding that people are now more responsible in their ways of life because according to him, “leadership is an engine for a successful drive as nothing comes on a platter of gold”.
He also gives a pass mark on the government’s efforts in improving agriculture in the country but however, advised the authorities to encouraged modern, mechanized farming, especially in rural settings where agro-allied ventures will make more impact and food production will increase.
The engineer reiterates his appeal for assistance from government, especially for laundry business which the observes is not been given the necessary attention like other concerns, saying, laundry services offer the highest employment opportunities to people ahead of many other ventures including some small-scale industries.
Mohammed then enjoined Nigerians to live in peace and harmony among themselves especially now that elections are a few weeks away, adding, “peace is the bedrock of life and we should all look forward to what will be good for our country in this election year, while our youths should watch out for those politicians who may only want to use them to cause mayhem for their selfish interests and above all, shun drug abuse as well”.
The Engineer who had travelled to Scotland, USA, UK, China, Australia and Saudi Arabia, had his primary and Secondary education in Dawakin Tofa, Kano. He then attended Kaduna Polytechnic, Bayero University, Kano and also Scotland for Advanced Engineering Courses and Finally did a Postgraduate Course again at Bayero University, Kano.