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.
Wike Pays Tribute To Late Chief Okagbule Amadi
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has described Late Chief Okagbule Amadi as an inspiration and dynamic personality whose life exemplified service to humanity and God.
In a condolence message to Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi over the passage of his father, Late Chief Okagbule Amadi, Governor Wike wrote that the Patriarch served his community and the State.
He wrote: “Chief Okagbule Amadi was an inspiration as a dynamic personality with life characterised by service to God and humanity. As the family head, he was a beacon of light, love and progress to the Rumomeh Royal family of Elibrada.
“As a member of the Ohna in both Elibrada and Emohua, Chief Amadi was steadfast in purpose and total commitment to the progress of society. As the leader of Elders of Saint Philips Anglican Church , Elibrada Parish, he strengthened the Church and contributed to its growth.”
While offering the condolence of the Government and people of Rivers State, Governor Wike urged the family to take solace in the enduring legacies that Late Chief Okagbule Amadi left behind.
He prayed God to grant the family the strength to bear the irreparable loss.
Governor Wike and his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike joined other sympathisers for the funeral service in honour of Late Chief Okagbule Amadi at the Saint Philips Anglican church, Elibrada on Saturday.
The funeral service had in attendance High Court judges, judges of the Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal, senior lawyers and senior officials of the Rivers State Government.
PHCCIMA Promises To Support Youth Initiatives
The Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) has said that it will continue to support initiatives that will build capacity and expose youths to new global realities, especially in recognition of the fact that the future rests on the younger generation,
President of PHCCIMA, Chief Nabil Saleh, made this declaration at the 10th anniversary of FutureTrust Initiative for Capacity Building, and 2nd edition of The African Futuretrust Model United Nations (TAFMUN) conference held at the L.A Kings and Conference Centre in Port Harcourt.
He said following this recognition, PHCCIMA has continued to equip and make available critical support for her youth wing, the NACCIMA Youth Entrepreneurs (NYE), PHCCIMA Chapter, providing them with guidance, access to funds, and advocacy.
“As a Chamber, we have a clear mandate to grow businesses and promote the private sector, as well as liaise with the public sector to achieve economic development. This is why PHCCIMA is throwing her weight behind this programme to stimulate youth interest in capacity building and leadership”, he said..
He expressed confidence that the experience the children will gather through the conference will in no small way prepare them for leadership in African in a new path of progress.
Saleh congratulated the organisers and consultant of the event for what he called “this unique project,” and lauded the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dame Ipalibo Harry Banigo, the Namibian High commissioner, H.E Humphrey D Geiseb, and SPDC for their role in the success of the programme.
PDP Rounds Off Guber Campaigns In Bayelsa
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) says it has rounded off its campaigns for the November 16 Bayelsa State governorship election.
Addressing party faithfuls and supporters, National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus urged them to be steadfast in their support and willingness to work for the party and its gubernatorial candidate.
Secondus called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to maintain the sanctity of the ballot, stressing that in past elections conducted under the watch of the APC administration, INEC in connivance with security operatives had skewed the process to favour the All Progressives Congress, emphasising that the world is watching as it conducts the forthcoming Bayelsa and Kogi States elections.
Also speaking, Governor of Bauchi State and Chairman of the Bayelsa State Governorship election Committee, Bala Mohammed described the APC as a party doomed for failure, saying that Bayelsa is synonymous with the PDP.
The Bauchi state governor, lambasted the All Progressives Congress, insisting that from 2015 – date when the APC has been in control of the Federal Government no meaningful achievement has been recorded in the nation, calling on Bayelsans to vote massively for the PDP so as to consolidate on the achievements of the out-going PDP administration.
Assuring Bayelsans that the party would maintain power in the state, the state Governor Seriake Dickson called on party faithful never to bow down to pressure from federal might during the election, emphasising that the party has the structure to win all elections in the state.
Dickson said, “the PDP has 105/105 counsellors in the state, we have 8/8 local government chairmen in the state. We also have 8/8 vice chairmen and out of 23 Assembly members the PDP has 19. That only 10 out of thousands of members defected does not mean that the party is affected. We are not affected at all. All the party stakeholders from southern Ijaw are still in the PDP.”
Governor Dickson who described Bayelsa State and Ijaw land as PDP stronghold applauded spectators and party stakeholders for turning in their numbers for the grand finale of the Gubernatorial campaigns, stressing that records available to him show that the party would win the forthcoming polls.
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