The Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, has moved to regulate all outstanding rates under the council’s authority.
A proposed bill signed by the secretary of the council, Barr. Erastus Awortu and presented to the council’s Legislative Assembly at Ngo, the headquarter of the council, appealed to the legislature to review all the amount levied as rates on both socio-economic and political activities in the area.
According to the bill, the regulation of rates would enable all marine vessels, road vehicles, companies, shops and others transacting businesses in the area to be adequately checkmated, if passed as bye-laws.
The bill further appealed to the legislature to ensure that the amounts are critically reviewed, especially in areas that negatively affect the economy of the LGA.
The bill noted an influx of complains form various community heads and leaders over the nonchalence of companies, particularly oil companies regarding the sources of livelihood for the people of the area.
The bill as prayed the legislature to amend the section of the council’s bye-laws which has placed what it called heavy taxes on local shops, local products such as crayfish and fish sellers and cassava processing products.
The bill described such taxes as a “conduit pipe” to drain the people of their little means of survival, as hence increase the rate of poverty in the area.
Moving the motion for the adoption of the bill, Hon Micah Samuel Micah said there is need to revisit and urgently amend all the rates in order to create internal revenue for the LGA.
Seconding the motion, Hon Jessy U. said the bill would reduce illegal activities of some companies and individuals operating businesses in the area.
The Leader of the House, Hon Atais, C. Wellington, who adopted the bill, said the House would properly deliberate on the bill at the next sitting.