25 May 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has expressed readiness to put an end to multiple taxation for the benefit of Abuja residents.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, stated this at a retreat targeted at resolving conflicting issues on tax collections between agencies of the FCTA and Area Councils in Abuja.
Dr Ramatu said addressing the issues of multiple taxstion became necessary following the out cry of residents and the need to promote ease of doing business in the territory.
She however noted that the retreat was one of government’s sustained efforts at providing the platform for building a bigger economy.
The minister who used the occasion to acknowledge the acrimony between the FCT Administration and the Area Council authorities as it relates to the collection of levies, rates, charges and other demands, expressed optimism that the forum would serve as an avenue to resolve lingering crisis.
Aliyu assured that efforts are in place to further fine-tune constitutional provisions especially with respect to the status of Abuja as the seat of government.
She explained that the authorities are doing everything possible within the confines of the law to reach an amicable agreement with political leaders in area councils in areas of misunderstanding.
She said that in the spirit of ease of doing business the FCT Administration welcomes any initiative that would open the door for investments, create job opportunities and optimally utilise the God-given resources which the Federal Capital Territory is blessed with.
While appealing to residents for their support by committing to regular payment of taxes and charges due for services, she, however, stressed that the administration and the six Area Councils, could hardly achieve any development without the payment of taxes, levies and charges on services being rendered.
Aliyu assured chairmen of the six Area Councils of the readiness of her office to collaborate with them for a mutual desire to make life better for residents at the grassroots in the interest of good governance.
In his remarks, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola said the collection of tax revenues was a constitutional obligation that binds the citizens and their leaders ,and provides the needed resources for progressive national development.
Mr Adesola, was however of the opinion that collection of taxes in the FCT should be done in a manner that would not inflict mental and physical torture on the citizens.