Senate Committee Want Nigerians To Pay N5 Levy On Each Litre Of Petrol, Diesel

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By Nuel Suji – The Senate‎ Committee on Works has recommended that Nigerians should pay N5 levy on every litre of petrol and diesel products imported into Nigeria and on non-locally refined Petroleum Products.

The recommendation is contained in a bill titled National Roads Bill‎ which was presented by Senator Kabiru Gaya, Chairman, Senate Committee on Works.

The bill was listed on the Order Paper, on Thursday, but was stepped down at the last minute.

In the bill, the Senate is proposing that toll fees not exceeding 10 per cent of any revenue paid as user charge per vehicle on any federal road designated as a toll road. The payment is not applicable to roads under the Public Private Partnership arrangement.

The recommendation reads in part: “inter-state mass transit user charge of 0.5 per cent deductible from fares paid by passengers to commercial mass transit operators on inter-state roads.

“There shall be a road fund charge of 0.5 per cent on the assessed value of any vehicle imported at any time into Nigeria. There shall be lease, license or other fees which shall be 10 per cent of the revenue accruing from lease or license or other fees pertaining to non-vehicular road usage along any federal road and collected by the Federal Roads Agency.

“Fuel levy of N5 chargeable per litre on ‎any volume of Petrol and diesel products imported into Nigeria and on non-locally refined Petroleum Produc‎ts.”

In the report obtained by our Correspondent, not all senators supported the proposal.

Senators who sig‎ned the report were Senators Gaya (chairman), Clifford Ordia (vice chairman), Mao Ohuabunwa (member), Bukar Abba Ibrahim (member), Biodun Olujimi (member) and Ben Bruce (member).

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