Reps or­der Abuja coun­cil to re­sume ten­e­ment rate col­lec­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has or­dered re­sump­tion of col­lec­tion of ten­e­ment rates by the Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC) in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT).

The House com­mit­tee on area coun­cils and an­cil­lary mat­ters, chaired by Zapha­niah Jisalo (PDP, FCT) con­veyed the di­rec­tive in a let­ter to the coun­cil dated Au­gust 1, 2017.

In the let­ter, ad­dressed to AMAC, Jisalo said the di­rec­tive came from Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara and that the coun­cil should re­sume col­lec­tion with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“The is­sue of col­lec­tion of ten­e­ments rates by the area coun­cils had al­ready been ad­dressed by the Na­tional As­sem­bly, through the pro­vi­sions of ac­tion 13 of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Act, Cap 128, laws of the Fed­er­a­tion of Nige­ria, 2004.

“The piece of leg­is­la­tion by ref­er­ence was made pur­suant to ac­tion 229 (a) (c) and sec­tion 303 in ful­fil­ment of the Fourth sched­ule to the Con­sti­tu­tion of Nige­ria, 1999 wherein ten­e­ment rate is item (I).

“The ten­e­ment rate of 4 per­cent or N4 kobo per naira, cur­rently be­ing as­sessed and col­lected by the area coun­cil is within the con­tem­pla­tion of this es­tab­lished le­gal frame­work, and ac­cord­ingly, the Speaker, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria has di­rected that this should con­tinue to op­er­ate with­out let or hin­drance,” Jisalo said in the let­ter.

The Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA) had in May sus­pended col­lec­tion of ten­e­ment rates by the area coun­cils.

A cir­cu­lar by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the min­istry of FCT, Ba­batope Ajakaiye, said the sus­pen­sion be­came nec­es­sary in or­der to san­i­tize the sys­tem.

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