The National President of National Association of
Scrap and Waste Dealers Employers of Nigeria
(NASWDEN), Comrade John Obeh has called on
Ogun State government to as a matter of urgency
find a lasting solution to the issue of multiple
taxation in the State adding that the act is seriously
affecting the cost of transacting business in the
The National President, Comrade John Obeh, who
spoke in Abeokuta during a meeting with the state
Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said touts
acting as state government agents were fond of
charging exorbitant levies on trucks conveying
Obeh, accompanied by the state chairman of the
association Chief Lukman Onifade, and other
executives, disclosed that he had already petitioned
the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over
Based on the petition, he sought the intervention of
security agents in checking extortion and other
illegal activities of revenue collectors.
According to him, some groups under the guise of
state environmental revenue collector have been
molesting scrap merchants on the roads.
He identified Atoyo, Ogere and Sagamu highways as
the flashpoints in the state where hoodlums
forcefully stop trucks conveying scraps, beat up the
drivers and extort money from them.
The national president claimed that up to N20,000
was often extorted from each truck, adding that the
situation had made life unbearable for scrap
Obeh lamented that the issue of multiple levies had
compounded ease of doing business in the state.
He said series of efforts to seek Governor Ibikunle
Amosun’s intervention on the ma tter had allegedly been frustrated.
He said, “Our association is a registered trade
union. We bring our petition to your office on behalf
of our numerous members who have suffered
unwarranted losses from these groups in the
execution of illegal levies.
“This has forced our members out of business and
those that remained with a great loss in the cause
of carrying out their legitimate business. We don’t
want to take laws into our hands.”
Responding, the police commissioner commended
the scrap dealers for following due process and
warned them against acts that could disrupt peace
in the state.
Iliyasu, who described revenue collection as a civil
issue, urged them to explore legal means, including
dialogue and negotiation with the appropriate
agencies and institutions.