In a bid to boost its internally-generated revenue, cash strapped Government of Osun State, Monday announced that butchers in the state would henceforth pay N700 as levy for every cow slaughtered for sale in the state.
Osun is one of the foremost states finding it difficult to pay workers’ salaries and has been taking measures to raise its revenue profile.
The announcement followed a decision reached at a meeting between the state government and Osun Cattle Butchers Association in Osogbo, the state capital.
Wale Adedoyin, a consultant to the state government, who represented it at the meeting, told newsmen that the levy was introduced to raise the state’s IGR.
According to him, parties at the meeting agreed that henceforth the establishment of a new slaughter slab would attract payment of N50, 000.
Mr. Adedoyin, a former commissioner for agriculture and food security in the state, added that registration of each member of the butchers association would attract N2,500 while annual renewal of registration would cost N1,000.
Mr. Adedoyin explained that the levies became necessary in order to improve on the finances of the state, adding that proceeds from the levy would also be used for provision of necessary facilities at the abattoirs.
He said levy was not intended to cause hardship or pains to the butchers, and appealed to them to cooperate with the government.
Also speaking, Bukola Aluko, Coordinating Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Youth Engagement in the state, assured butchers that the government would provide facilities and support them to make their operations easier.
In their reaction to the development, Chairman and Patron of the butchers association, Sulaiman Adebimpe and Tiamiyu Alamu, respectively, expressed gratitude to the state for always involving them in decisions affecting the group.
They assured that their members would strive to comply with the levy directive.