Wike To Trackle Multiple Taxation Challenges


The newly sworn-in gov
ernor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Ezebuwo Wike has pledged to tackle the challenges of multiple taxation in the state.
The governor who made this known during his inauguration speech at the Liberation Stadium, Elekahia, Port Harcourt on Friday said that this was aimed at creating an enabling environment that would attract local and foreign investors into the state.
Wike noted that Rivers State has the geographical advantage and resource endowments that should attract serious investors in order to diversify the economy of the state.
He said that his leadership quest of making the state prosperous depended on developing an economically strong and self reliant state.
“To realize this basic objective, we shall develop and implement an economic development blueprint that leverages on our strength to make Rivers State the industrial hub of Nigeria in oil gas, agriculture, maritime and tourism businesses.
“We shall promote investment in partnership with private investors for the utilization of our large reserves of Kaolin, Silica-sand for the ceramic industry”, he said.
The governor also promised to pay priority attention to prompt  payment of workers salaries and other entitlement, adding that his administration would clear the backlog of salary arrears unduly owed and ensure regular merit-based promotions.
He noted, “we are committed to restoring the pride of the civil and public service through value re-orientation, exposure to regular training and meaningful motivation for efficient and effective service delivery.