Revenue Collection In Nigeria’s Capital Causes Face-off Between Lawmakers

House-of-Representatives-in-Rowdy-sessionA disagreement over the collection of Tenement Rates in Nigeria’sĀ Federal Capital Territory has led to a face-off between two members of the House of Representatives during a public hearing on the matter.

The disagreement occurred on Wednesday when officials of the Federal Capital Territory appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Federal Capital Territory.

They had come to answer questions on the collection of revenue, especially Tenement Rates, in the city, a step the committee says is illegal.

Addressing the gathering, the Chairman of the House Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Honourable Herman Hembe, argued that only the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service is allowed to collect any form of tax in the nation’s capital.

But his position was, however, opposed by Zaphania Jisalo, a lawmaker from the Federal Capital Territory.

This situation could not be resolved, forcing the committee to enter into a closed door meeting.

At another meeting, the Chairman of the House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Honourable Umar Bago and the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, disagreed over the amount of debt owed to the agency.

The disagreement followed a discussion on the award of a debt recovery contract, which the committee says it is investigating.

After the disagreement on the issue, the committee fixed an investigative hearing for next month when the committee promised to look into the issues raised by petitions it received on the matter.

House Holds Public Hearing On Revenue Leakages In NIMASA

House of Representatives, NIMASAThe House of Representatives says it expects that the revenue generated by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) be used for public good and not for private interests.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, gave the charge on Wednesday in Abuja, during the public hearing on revenue leakages and operational deficiencies in NIMASA.

Speaker Dogara expressed hope that with the new leadership in the agency and from the result expected from the investigation, revenue from the agency would flow into government coffers.

The Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Honourable Mohammed Bago, on his part made it clear that the investigation was to ensure that government gets its due.

The Director General of NIMASA, Mr Peterside Dakuku, outlined some of the challenges confronting the agency.

Agreeing with the Speaker, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, said that the government was also carrying out a full investigation into all the operations of the agency.

The House Committee is expected to submit its report to the House for consideration and adoption.