- The Imo state government says it has registered at least 2,000 leviable adults in each of the 637 autonomous communities
- Recognised communities will serve as the collectors and they are to pay not less than N6 million each
- Traditional rulers of defaulting communities will have their allowances or salaries suspended by Governor Okorocha
All taxable adults in Imo state have been ordered by Governor Rochas Okorocha to pay N3,000 each as development levy.
The Cable reports that the Imo state commissioner for community government, culture and traditional affairs, Louis Duru, in a statement said the money is to be used for autonomous community adult development.
The commissioner stated that the state had registered at least 2,000 leviable adults in each of the 637 autonomous communities.
“To facilitate the payment, the state government through the ministry of CGC, since September 2016, has provided community adult registers for all autonomous communities in the state where the communities will enlist the names of at least 2000 leviable adults,” the statement read.
Duru said that recognised communities will serve as the collectors and they are to pay not less than N6 million each. He said the traditional rulers of defaulting communities will have their allowances or salaries suspended by Governor Okorocha.
The statement read in part: “Consequently, His Excellency Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha has directed that all recognised autonomous communities in Imo state should pay the minimum adult development levy of N6,000,000 (Six million Naira only) without further delay.
“Any recognised autonomous community that fails to pay the development levy will be merged with sister autonomous community that had paid and the salaries/allowances of the traditional ruler will be suspended.
“Government has concluded arrangements to embark on sensitisation meetings with traditional rulers at the local government areas to further emphasize His Excellency’s directives and monitor compliance.”
See the statement on the development levy below:
Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state on Thursday, April 19, said the constitution qualifies his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to be the next governor of the state, adding that he was aware of the political gang up by members of his party.
He stated that these political gang up against the endorsement of Nwosu for the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state were both state and national levels, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Okorocha went further to say that the controversy surrounding pension payment in the state, has been resolved 90%.