Okorocha imposes N3k compulsory levy on Imo adults, exempts Fulani

Few days ago, Governor Rochas Okorocha appointed his wife as the chairperson of an amnesty committee set up for militants surrendering in the Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta area.

That appointment drew the ire of Imo citizens as the gesture was roundly criticized.

Okorocha went on to defend his reason stating that his wife, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, was an excellent negotiator.

In the terms of reference to the amnesty committee, the governor charged the committee to come up with programs that would bring lasting peace to the region.

The governor also charged the members of the committees to demonstrate high level of patriotism in discharging its duties.

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As thought that was not enough, Okorocha turned around and said all adult citizens of Imo State will pay a mandatory N3000 naira developmental levy.

Citing reasons, Okorocha said there was an urgent need to bring development to all 637 communities of Imo State.

Governor Rochas Okorocha gave the directive at an occasion where he inaugurated the state’s Development Council.

At the occasion, the Governor presented adult registers to government representatives in Owerri urging the people to face current challenges.

He then demanded that all taxable adults will pay for their benefits, adding that every taxable adult must register.

House of Assembly Speaker, Acho Ihim, reminded the audience of the Imo State Traditional Rulers and Autonomous Law which mandates that a community must have a minimum population of 2,000 for it to be recognized by government.

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The Commissioner for Community Government, Culture and Traditional Affairs, Innocent Eke, said the Community Government Council (CGC), put in place by the current administration, had decentralized power and empowered communities, as the people now participate in the management of their affairs.

The chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Sam Ohiri, assured execution of the order.

Okorocha however said non indegenes, including Hausa/Fulani residents are excluded from the tax.