Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has directed adults in the state to pay N3,000 development levy.
Community government, culture and tradition affairs commissioner, Louis Daru, who announced this said it is to finance the development of autonomous communities.
2,000 leviable adults, according to him is being targeted in each of the state’s 637 autonomous communities.
He warned that traditional rulers of autonomous communities who fail to pay the levy will have their salaries and allowances reduced.
The commissioner also said that a register will be provided for the registration exercise.
“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.
“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 ill 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,” he said.Please subscribe to our newsletter