Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has approved full implementation of the Central Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) Billing System to address the challenge of multiple demand notices. A statement by , the state Commissioner for Finance, Chief David Edevbie disclosed this yesterday in Asaba. According to Edevbie, the approval for the central billing system is with effect from 2018 fiscal year.
“The implementation is in response to public complaints about the existence of a plethora of demand notices from legal and illegal sources as well as multiplicity of state taxes, rates, fees and charges. The process includes, but not limited to the establishment of a robust ICT database of all revenue and tax payers on a platform accessible by all relevant stakeholders”.
The commissioner said that the process, which would involve electronic demand notices, would capture all types of state taxes, rates, fines fees and charges as well as introduce the consolidated assessment system of all annual rates and charges by the MDAs.
He said that the system would also enhance the ease of doing business and payment by members of the public.
“Consequently, all revenue collecting MDAs are hereby requested to participate in the project and cease forthwith the issuance of all demand notices to existing and potential tax payers in the state.
“Henceforth, all such tax notices shall now be centrally issued and signed by the Executive Chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue or the State Commissioner for Finance,” Edevbie said.
The commissioner urged the general public to conform with the order and should not to honour any demand notice without the appropriate signatories.
Meanwhile, the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof. Chike Edozien has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State for the massive construction work going on at the Asaba International Airport. The Asagba through his Council of Chiefs who went on inspection visit of the airport on Thursday, marveled at the level of work done at the airport.
Konwea who led the delegation said, “His Majesty, the Asagba who is currently on medical vacation asked us to inspect the airport, we have seen and this is wonderful.” “This is a great job that we are seeing here, we say a great thank you to His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for what is happening here,” the Asagba said, adding, “that Asaba people are peaceful and patient does not mean that we are weak. We have witnessed three democratically elected Governors in our state, this administration has not received half of the money others received but, he has done very well.”
The Asagba continued, “From what we seen, we the entire Asaba people and those residing in Asaba are grateful to Governor Okowa, we ask him to prepare for possibly, third term in office.” Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, thanked the Asagba-in-Council for taking time to inspect the projects being executed, noting that the Governor has created new towns and cities with the provision of infrastructure. Special Project Director for the airport project, Hon. Austin Ayemidejor and the functional Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr. Fred Edafiogor took members of the Asagba-in-Council through the 3.4 kilometres runway, fire service station, VIP Lounge, Terminal Building, among others.
Experts Task Business Owners On Networking, Digital Marketing
Experts in various fields of businesses in Rivers State and the Niger Delta region have urged business owners in the region to take advantage of networking and digital marketing to grow their businesses.
Making the call recently at the 4th business linkages forum in Port Harcourt, organised by Wider Perspectives Ltd. in collaboration with the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHACCIMA), representative of different businesses harped on the need for networking and digital marketing.
The experts, drawn from digital online businesses, captains of industries such as Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Bank of Industry (BOI), Nigeria Export and Import Bank (NEXIM), Foundation of Partnership Initiatives in Niger Delta (PIND), and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Rivers State, spoke on the benefits accruable from linking businesses to global value chains through networking and digital marketing.
They told participants how to grow their businesses to global value chains that will enable them export the benefits therein, by sharing their various experiences.
Through such explanations participants were information of the nitty-gritty of their field of business specialization, which ranged from digital/online services to marketing export processing, and mentoring.
Speaking at the occasion, President of PHCCIMA, Chief Nabil Saleh, said the gathering “demonstrated a strong desire by PCCIMA to build bridges across the business community”.
Chief Saleh, who was represented at the occasion by the Chairman, Professionals and Consulates Trade Group, Mr. Clement Atunibo, said irrespective of how small a business is, the desire is to see it grow and ensure that business thrives.
According to him, “presently, there are millions of micro business enterprises in Nigeria contributing almost half of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the tune of 47.8% and 7.2% in terms of export, which underscores their importance to the nation’s economy”.
In her address, the Managing Director of Wider Perspectives, Mrs. Edughom Hanson, said the idea to organize business linkages was informed by the need to promote SME development by connecting them to large business buyers, thereby facilitating business.
“The objective of the forum”, she said, “include access to finance, wealth and job creation, market linkages, export opportunities, and networking through interactions.
“We are glad to state that an appreciable success has been recorded by some of the SMEs that participated in the first, second and third editions.
“Through linkage with large and established enterprises, emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses have a great chance of growth.
Bayelsa Guber Poll:TBA Throws Weight Behind APC Candidate
Traditional health care providers and birth attendants (TBA) in Bayelsa State say the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the forthcoming gubernatorial election, Chief David Lyon is their choice for governor.
The midwives made the disclosure in Yenagoa during an interview with journalists shortly after unveiling their solidarity banner and action plan for Lyon’s candidacy.
Speaking to this medium, the coordinator and chairperson of the group, Mrs. Precious Alabo said their support and preference for the candidate was borne out of his philanthropy and open heartedness, stressing that the TBA would mobilize all their members in the nooks and crannies of the State to vote en masse for him.
“As the 2019 guber election draws closer, our Union numbering thousands have decided to show solidarity and support for David Lyon, the David who killed Goliath in the battle field, David Lyon is a better option” Mrs. Alabo said.
According to the chairperson, the insinuation that the APC candidate has not handled any well-known political office will not derail them from working towards his victory, harping that his private sector experience is a good enough reason for Bayelsans has to to vote him in as the next governor of the State, come November 16, 2019.
The group which said they had strained relationship with the governor Dickson’s administration accused him of being insensitive to their plight, saying upon pleading with him for support throughout the life of the administration nothing good was forthcoming.
Mrs. Alabo who eulogized Lyon for his sterling leadership qualities and victory at the party primaries maintained that his emergence as the APC guber candidate did not come as surprise as his benevolence, good character and goodwill would also spur the electorates to cast their votes for him, just as she said myriads of problems facing her association would be attended to by him when he becomes governor.
Meanwhile the maternal care providers have stressed the need for all Bayelsans to work towards the electoral victory of David Lyon, saying the number of jobs the candidate has given to Bayelsans in his employ alone shows how he would not end half way in providing soccour to the needy and bring even development to the state. The TBA chairperson revealed that except their usual traditional midwifery job, they have also created employment for their staffers, reiterating that through Lyon’s employment of Bayelsans areas which were regarded as volatile are now secured following his deliberate engagement of youths in meaningful sources of livelihood.
Edo Crisis: PDP Candidate Wants Lawmaker’s Seat Declared Vacant
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Oredo West Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly election, Eghosa Agbonifo, has demanded that the seat of Hon. Chris Okaeben, representing the constituency, be declared vacant.
Agbonifo who made this call while addressing newsmen in Benin City, argued that, 90 days after the inauguration of the Assembly, the lawmaker has refused to represent the constituents.
He noted that it was quite disheartening that after 90 days since the election was conducted, the representative of Oredo West constituency was yet to resume sitting and move motions that will enhance development in the constituency.
According to him, “It is Ninety days already, and the state house of assembly, though controversial, is without a representative from Oredo-West.
“If a day is a long-time in politics, what would we then say of the ninety good days that Oredo-West had been without a voice for the people? This is absolutely unacceptable! With the myriads of needs in the constituency, we cannot afford to have a vacuum.
“I therefore request that the current house and her leadership declare the seat vacant if that would be the solution in filling our position.
“The All Progressive Congress, the State Governor, and Christopher Okaeben, cannot hold the constituency to ransom”, he said.
The PDP candidate also called on the state government to do the needful if the state house of assembly is illegally constituted.
“The good people of Oredo-West in unambiguous terms, refused to be sidelined in the politics and governance of the state,” he said.
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