Delta Approves Central Tax Billing System


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.