Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Oshiomhole insists on tax payment, reshuffles cabinet

Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has maintained that his administration would enforce the implementation of the Land Use Charge in order to collect all payable taxes in the state.

There had been several criticisms, including a demonstration against the recent move by state government.

The Land Use Charge tax includes tenement rate, property tax and ground rent.

According to news report on Punch, Oshiomhole, spoke on Monday when he received reports on tax reforms of the Edo Inland Revenue Services from a principal consultant, Ifueko Omoigui Okauru, said that he had pledged to manage the state with funds generated from taxes and vowed that no individual would be exempted.

He explained that the tax policy would be run equitably such that the more property a person owns, the bigger the tax the person would pay.

The governor said, “This is our state; we have to manage it with the taxes that we generate. What we promised is that the taxes collected will be judiciously used in a way that we deliver the greatest good to the greatest number of people.

“We will not tolerate a situation where one person would acquire a massive expanse of land and a lot of landed property but refuse to pay the Land Use Charge tax.”

Earlier, Okauru explained that the reform exercise was in phases and that the phases would be done using technology.

Meanwhile, the governor has announced a minor reshuffle in his cabinet.

According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Peter Okhiria, the former Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr. Isimeme Iriogbe, was moved to the Ministry of Transport.

Mr. Saturday Uwulekhue was moved from the Ministry of Transport to the Ministry of Oil and Gas even as the former Commissioner of Arts and Culture, Aanena Jemitola, was moved to the Ministry of Women Affairs.

Others commissioners affected included Abdul Oroh, who was moved from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry while Macdonald Obasuke was moved from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to the Ministry of Arts & Culture.

The Commissioner of Higher Education, Washington Osifo, would oversee the Ministry of Energy & Water Resources.

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