Market Chairmen across the State have been authorized to collect tolls and remit to the government coffers.
The Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Wealth Creation, Dr Christian Mmadubuko, stated this at Onitsha during an interaction with the executive of Onitsha South Shop Owners Traders Association.
Our correspondent reports that the meeting which was to identify with the traders and find out their problems with a view to solving them was attended by Chairmen and Secretaries of all the Markets in Onitsha South .
Addressing the gathering, Commissioner Mmadubuko said that it is the duty of the community to rid the Market of illegal toll collectors.
He noted that anybody seen collecting tolls without government approval will be dealt with, charging the Chairmen to be on ground and collect tolls from their various jurisdictions through State Internal Revenue Service and advised them to register for ANSSID.
The President-General of Onitsha South Shop Owners, Chief Eric Uwaoma in his speech lamented that some Chairmen cross boundaries, thereby causing problems in the Market and solicited for security of traders as they face intimidations from thugs and multiple taxation.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Ogbo Mmanu Market, Chief Oliver Okeke frowned at the rate at which illegal toll collectors chased away traders in the market which he noted resulted to low sales and called on government to set up special tax force that will monitor and ensure conducive environment for all.
In their various speeches, some of the Secretaries of the Association including Mrs. Comfort Okonkwo and Mr. Chinedu Nnalue complained of other ills being witnessed in the Market which include printing of fake receipts and called for measures to stop such activities in all the Markets in Onitsha South.