Ika Landlords/Landladies dare Eborka,say no to tenement rate
By Augustine Ekamagule
Members of Ika Landlords/Landladies Association and some stakeholders in Ika land have dared the Chairman,Ika North East Local Government, Hon Barr Francis Eborka,as they have said no to payment of tenement rate. According to a letter addressed to the Ika North East Council Boss, signed by the President,Ika Landlords/Landladies Association, Mr Vincent Arimoku,JP,Secretary,Prince Augustine Obaigbena,the Head, Collective Leadership, Onu Ika Nigeria, Mr Daniel Usifoh,National Secretary,Major General Ephraim Usiade,retd,Hon Chief Justice Sylvester Ehiwario,Secretary, Chief Elder John Ehikwe,President,Ika Traders Association,Sir F.N.Ogbanzu,Secretary, Pastor Monyem Onyekachukwu,Chairman,Nigeria Medical Association,Agbor Zone,Dr Philomena Okolie and Secretary, Dr Usama E and copied to the council chairman,Ika South local government area,the member representing Ika Federal Constituency, House of Representatives,Hon Barr Victor Nwokolo,member representing Ika South, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Festus Chukwuyem Okoh,member representing Ika North East Constituency, Hon Anthony Elekeokwuri and all traditional rulers in Ika land,the protesting stakeholders said, “our attention has been drawn to your recent demand notice on tenement rate, revenue rate, licenses, levies and fees for 2016/2017 to some selected landlords/landladies in Ika North East Local Government Area,dated June 19,2017.You may recall that there was a joint meeting with the two local government council chairmen (Ika South and Ika North East Local Government Councils) with the representatives of Ika Landlords/Landladies Association,Ika Elders Forum, Onu Ika Nigeria, Nigeria Medical Association, Agbor Zone, Ika Traders Association and Market Women Association held on April 20,2016 in the office of the Chairman, Ika South local government, Agbor.The agenda of that meeting which was summoned by you was centred on tenement rate in Ika land.
” You may also recall that we under the auspices of the above listed associations engaged you consistently on the issue of tenement rate in Ika land. Firstly, and after many meetings with you failed to produce any positive result, we wrote two letters to you dated January 18,Ref.No.ILLA/41 and March 15,2016,Ref.No.ILLA/43 both titled,”Re- payment of tenement rate in Ika land,”.
“Consequent upon these letters/meetings,a joint meeting was convened by the two Ika council chairmen and was attended by many stakeholders
” In that meeting it was resolved that a larger meeting should be convened by the two Ika council chairmen at Ika National Hall where all the invited stakeholders would be given the opportunity to further deliberate on the burning issue.It was emphasized that both councils should withhold further actions on tenement rate until the proposed tenement rate meeting is held.
“Surprisingly, instead of implementing the resolution reached at the meeting, you single handedly,started issuing demand notices to some selected landlords/landladies contrary to the collective decisions arrived at in the meeting.For the avoidance of doubt,this your action amounts to dictatorship in governance and rape of democracy which must be resisted by all stakeholders.
” It is embarrassing to note that you are implementing this tenement rate collection at the eve of your departure in office.
“For the purpose of clarity, we wish to state categorically that any legal action taken against any landlord/landlady issued with these demand notices amount to a legal action taken against all stakeholders in Ika land, which must be resisted by all.”
The Ika Landlords/Landladies Association president, Mr Arimoku said that in as much as they committed to the success of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration, they are not going back on their resolution until due process is followed.
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