Amosun, Ogun Assembly meet over delayed revenue harmonization bill

Ogun Assembly begins consideration of the state’s proposed 2018 budget

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has asked the state House of Assembly to fast-track its consideration of the revenue harmonization bill before it.

The Governor made the call, at a close-door meeting with members of the house on Monday, at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

All the 26 members of the Assembly, including the Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi, attended the meeting which lasted for more than one hour.

Sources told Rockcity FM that, the governor was not comfortable over the delay in the passage of the bill, which seeks to harmonize all taxes and revenue being collected by government agencies in the state.

Commerce and industry commissioner, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, during the Assembly’s assessment of the 2017 budgetary performance, had appealed to the lawmakers to quicken the passage of the bill, to boost the state’s revenue.

The bill titled: ’Harmonized Revenue and Other Charges Bill,’ which is an executive bill, was first deliberated upon by the house in the year 2016.

Following the Governor’s objection to the delay in the passage of the bill, the Assembly is expected to deliberate on it on Tuesday.

The organized private sector in the state, particularly the manufacturing sector, had been complaining over multiple taxes they are being forced to pay, by various state and local government agencies.

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