Stakeholders in Kogi State have declared their support the regulation of signage and advertisement in the State.
This was the submission of various speakers at a Public Hearing of a bill for a law to Regulate Signage and Advertisement held at the Assembly Complex, Lokoja.
The Chairman of the State Internal Revenue Service, Sule Salihu Enehe said the bill when passed into law will increase the revenue of the State.
Enehe explained that with the current economic realities and the need for government to meet up its responsibilities, the Agency was making frantic effort in generating more money.
A Lokoja Based Lawyer, Bamidele Suru on his part said while the bill is a good move aimed at generating more revenue to the State, it must be done in line with the nineteen ninety nine constitution as amended.
According to him, collection of signage and advertisement are the sole responsibilities of the Local Government, saying the bill must not go against the constitution.
He explained that to avoid double taxation, Local Government Revenue Committee must be included in the law.
Also speaking, the Publisher of Policy and Lawmaking, Friday Ogungbemi advised that the bill be stepped down pending the conclusion of the Local Government Autonomy in the Constitution Amendment.
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Chairman of the House Joint Committee on Judiciary and Justice, Cosmos Atabor said the Assembly will not do what will ground the Local Government System.
He assured that the Committee will ensure that the right thing is done to make the State a better place.
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