Members of the Committees on Finance and Appropriation and Community Development, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State including Hon. Nkem Nwankwo and Hon. (Mrs.) Stella Maris Medulu among others during the public hearing on bye law held at Akwikwu-Igbo.

AKWIKU-IGBO/Nigeria: A public hearing on a bye-law seeking to generate revenues for Oshimili North Local Government council has been held.

The hearing which was organised by the Committees on Finance and Appropriation and Community Development was attended by the various stakeholders from communities in Oshimili North Local Government Area.

Speaking on behalf of the Chairman, Committee on Finance and Appropriation and councillor representing Ward 9. Okpanam, Hon. Nkem Nwankwo, and the councillor representing ward 7, Mrs Stellamaris Medulu said that the public had been adequately sensitised on the hearing.

Mrs Medulu, who said that the initiative was to deliberate on items and penalties enshrined in the bye-law, urged stakeholders to make useful inputs.

According to the bye-law any person erecting a building and engaging in business activities in all the communities within the council areas would pay certain amount of levy to the council.

She further listed those the bye-law would affect to include landed property developers, private school owners, pharmacy/chemist shops and mechanical /auto electricians, spray painter shops, companies/ factories, telecommunications company and interlocking, as well as, cement retail shops.

Mrs Medulu also said that tailoring and designed shops, provision stores, building materials shop, barbing / hairdressers and restaurants /eateries as well as billboard and sign board owners among others would pay the stipulated fees.

In an interview with newsmen, one of the councillors representing Okpanam Ward 9, Hon. Barry Okonkwo and the councillor representing Ibusa, Hon. Hilary Okobi said that the initiative was a welcome development.

The duo noted that with the enforcement of the bye-law by the council would be able to ensure more socioeconomic development of the various communities within Oshimili North.


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