Revenue generation: Trouble looms as Bauchi set to tax mosques, churches
The Bauchi State Government has said it will soon commence the process of registration and tax imposition on churches, mosques and religious organisations as a way of generating revenue for the state.
The government plans to also conduct a survey of both churches and mosques in the state with a view to getting their contacts and addresses for security and political reasons.
The Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Community Relations, Baba Madugu, disclosed this while speaking on the achievements of his ministry within the last two years.
He said the government spent the sum of N95,111,300 for organising Quranic recitation competitions annually in the last two years.
Speaking on the way forward and the plan of action for the ministry, Madugu said, “The ministry intends to embark on the registration of worship places and taxing beneficiary organisations who benefit from the services of the government.
“It also intends to undertake the survey of all places of worships (mosques and churches) throughout the state, including their addresses and contacts for security and political reasons.
“The ministry intends to solicit the centralisation of all religious activities so as to achieve maximum service delivery.”Punch