Rivers State House of Assembly last Wednesday deferred debate indefinitely on its House Committee on Finance report for a law to harmonise taxes and levies in the State for alleged inconsistencies.
Contributing on the report, Hon. Michael Okey Chinda said the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria granted the local government councils the power to control markets and name streets.
Hon. Chinda who represents Obio/Akpor Constituency II, disclosed that the report on the proposed law contains several inconsistencies that need to be exposed to avoid creating more problems instead of improving on the existing practice.
According to the lawmaker, “the House should be careful in passing laws because it would not be judged by the number of laws passed but the quality of such laws.”
He also picked holes on the removal of Town Planning role of the council to the Ministry of Urban Planning and urged the Assembly to reject the report.
Hon. Victor Ihunwo, Port Harcourt III and Hon. Victoria Nyeche condemned the report on the areas where it assigned the collection of levies from markets in Port Harcourt to the state government as against the constitution to grant such duties to the council.
Hon Legborsi Nwidadah, Khana Constituency II, said the proposed law would create problem between TIMARIV and the local government council as both were allowed to impound vehicles for wrong parking while the section dealing with obstruction of motorists should be specific.
Also contributing, Hon. Golden Chioma, Etche Constituency II, suggested that the term property tax should be deleted because only Ministry of Lands would have personnel to evacuate property and not Internal Revenue Board made up of financial experts alone.
Hon Chioma also identified certain items not captured in the bill, especially revenue generated at the judiciary, including filing fees by lawyers, probate registry. among others.
On his part, the leader of the House Hon. Chidi Lloyd argued that the take a deep breathe, harmonise and remove contentious issues to enable the Assembly Streamline the bill.
According to him , “to avoid creating institutional problems and to enable our laws pass the test of time,” the bill should be returned to the committee for further legislative action, adding that whatever opinion members hold once the bill is passed, their names are at stake.
The Speaker, Rt Hon. Otelemaba Amachree ruled that thedebate on the report by the chairman of finance committee Hon. Josiah Olu be deferred indefinitely to allow for more inputs on the bill.
Yakassai Wants North To Cede Presidency In 2023
An elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, has said it will be unjust for Northern Nigeria to still demand the presidency in 2023.
The Tide source reports that there have been heated debates among stakeholders in the nation’s polity over power rotation between the North and the South ahead of the 2023 general elections.
At the moment, prominent northerners like the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; and a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki appear to be interested in the 2023 presidency.
But Yakassai in reaction to the declaration of interest by some Northerners said while he is not a card-carrying member of any political party, it would be an injustice to the South for northerners to aspire for the presidency after the expiration of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
He said, “How can it be that it is always us the Northerners that will rule? There is no justice in this matter, we rule, they (South) rule, that is justice.”
“I am wondering what the northerners will say to the people? What will they show to the citizens of Nigeria that they benefited or will benefit in order for them to give their votes?
“In the six to seven years, what have the northerners done? What achievement has the leadership accomplished that helped in the development of the country, its economy or any other development that helps the people?
“What major achievement do the northerners have that they can use to call upon all other Nigerians to give them votes again?”
The elder statesman said his interest in politics from the beginning had always been about justice, explaining that his support for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, was to make sure Nigeria went with the method of letting any president run his second tenure after his first; just like he said earlier.
He said that if the first four years of the tenure were not enough for the president to accomplish his goals, then eight years would be enough for him as long as he had the plan on how to accomplish them.
Pastor Rejects Ortom’s Car Gift
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has recounted how Rev Samuel Alaha, who anointed him in 1992 with a prophecy that he would become governor of the state, rejected a car gift from him after the prophecy came to pass in 2015.
The governor, who made the disclosure, Sunday, during a sermon as the guest preacher at Faithway Gospel Ministries, Gboko, explained that he visited the cleric and presented the new car in appreciation but the vehicle was returned after a few days.
According to Ortom, even though Rev Alaha received the gift on the spot, he called after a few days to inform the governor that he appreciated the offer but begged to return it, saying he did not find it necessary.
Governor Ortom described the clergyman as a committed and true man of God whom he had known since 1980, lauding his zeal and commitment in service to the Almighty God.
Ortom pointed out that as Governor, he was determined to execute God’s counsel to people of the state at all times.
He admonished the congregation to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and assured that “all other things will be added on to you.”
Governor Ortom also called on Christians to go back to the time when there was love towards one another “as it used to be in the past when we became Christians. True brotherly love is lacking today, that is why there seems to be conflict all the time.”
Touching on the unity in the family, the governor told couples to begin to show love towards one another to celebrate accommodation, tolerance and faith in God.
Ogun: PDP’ll Produce Next Gov – Ayu
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, has declared that the PDP would produce the next governor of Ogun State in 2023.
Ayu said considering the record, which according to him, shows that the PDP had produced the first PDP president in 1999, who hails from Ogun State, the state remains a PDP state.
Ayu said, this last Saturday while addressing a large crowd of PDP members at the party secretariat in Abeokuta.
Ayu, who was flanked by members of the national working committee, former governors, the leader of Ogun PDP, Oladipupo Adebutu, the State Chairman, Sikirullahi Ogundele, among others told the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun and the All Progressives Congress to prepare to leave the government for the PDP in 2023.
The chairman said the APC governments both at the federal and the states had made lives difficult for Nigerians, adding that it was time to vote the party out of power.
Ayu, who earlier held a private meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said he would be returning to Ogun to mobilise PDP members across all levels, as part of efforts to unseat the APC in 2023.
He said, “I only came to greet my boss and our father, President Obasanjo. I didn’t know that all my people are here. I will come back to mobilise the people of Ogun State in every ward, in every local government because in 2023 we shall produce a PDP governor in Ogun State after which we shall produce a PDP president who will make things better for you.”
In his remarks, Adebutu, who is a PDP governorship aspirant, reiterated his commitment to the development of Ogun State.
He said, “I am sacrificing my comfort for you, not because I need something to eat but I want to create a better tomorrow for you. I will continue to sacrifice for you and I bring to you this sacrifice and this solution. Let us be together. Do you agree with me?”
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