Members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has unanimously agreed to give one hundred per cent support to the industrialisation policy of Gov. Abdullahi Sule in order to boost the state socio economic activities and improve the standard of living of citizens.
To this end the House has fixed Monday next week to pass into law ” A Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Investment and Development Agency Charged with the Responsibility Among Other Things to Promote , Facilitate and Coordinate Investment in the State and Other Related Matters.
The Speaker, RT.Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, stated this after members deliberated on report of the House Standing Committee on Capital Market, Commerce and Industries on A Bill for Law a to Establish the Nasarawa State Investment and Development Agency Charged with the Responsibility Among Other Things to Promote , Facilitate and Coordinate Investment in the State and Other Related Matters.
The House leader, Hon Tanko Tunga, who led the debate appealed to his colleagues to give their necessary support and adopt the recommendations of the bill.
Tunga’s motion was seconded by the Minority Leader, Hon Danladi Jatau (PDP-Kokona West) and members unanimously adopted the report.
The Speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, who commended members for their zeal to support Gov Sule to succeed and their quest to give the people of the state adequate representation said the bill if finally passed will improve on the lives of the people.
‘ This bill if finally passed into law will boost the state socioeconomic activities,attract more investors, improve IGR and will as well improve on the standard of living of the people of the state ‘he said.
The speaker slated Monday, September 21, 2020.for the third reading of the bill and its passage.
Investment: Nasarawa To Establish Complaint Portal For Ease Of Doing Business
In its bid to enhance ease of doing business, Nasarawa State Government will set up a portal where complaints about activities of government agencies and officials, will be processed.
State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Professor Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana, disclosed this while briefing the media, shortly after the monthly state executive council meeting, on Friday.
According to the Justice Commissioner, investors coming into the state, who require any form of service from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), or who seek response or feedback, will be expected to explore the portal, where such complaints would be processed online.
Kana disclosed further that the state Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, will have a dashboard through which he will be receiving some of those complaints, with the platform to be handled by his Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Investment, Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi.
He explained that already, a lot of progress have been made on that and very soon, the portal will come online and anyone who, especially persons bringing investments to the state or requires any form of service from the MDAs in Nasarawa State and is not satisfied, or has not received a feedback, will file his complaint through that portal and he will be expected to receive response or feedback from the portal.
AMAC Is Giving Out 50% Tax Incentives To Cushion Effect Of COVID-19 On Businesses
The Abuja Municipal Area Council is giving 50% incentives and up to three months to tax payers in the Area Councils as part of its Palliative to business owners.
This was made known by Mr. Awoje Danlami; AMAC Head of Revenue Division during a Virtual Dialogue on Taxation and Post COVID Challenges for Businesses held on Tuesday, 4th August, 2020.
Speaking during the dialogue, the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council Hon. Abdullahi Candido also reiterated his administration concerted effort to mitigate the down economic impact of COVID-19 especially to ease the burdens on businesses within the Area Council.
“As a result of our sensitivity to this plight being faced by everyone., the council amongst strategies has opened up a citizens’ engagement and feedback mechanism through an e-governance system to enable us navigate through the pandemic, Candido said.
The webinar moderated by Hon Abiodun Shoyemi-Essiet, SA to the Chairman on ICT, Donor Agencies and Civil Society Organisations and Mrs. Patience Olaloye – Head of Information Unit – AMAC had four presentations.
The first presentation was done by Mr. Awoje Danlami; Head of Revenue Division who spoke on “Taxation and IGR”. He said that the Council has given Tax payers 50% incentives and up to three months to pay their taxes as a Palliative to business owners. Also speaking in the same direction, the Divisional Head, Tenement Rate, Ann Ibrahim who spoke on “All you need to know about Tenement rate” said that Tenement rates are paid by the tenants and not the landlord where the occupiers such building is not the owner of the building. She also reiterated that Ground rent is different from Tenement rates as most people mixed them up.
She reiterated that Government building, buildings owned by Embassies and Diplomatic missions are exempted from Tenement rates.
Mr. Victor Aletor from Remita who spoke on “Payment Platform For Taxes, Post COVID-19 Challenges To Businesses” said that AMAC has adopted the Remita online payment platform to streamline all its tax collections via multiple channels to make payment of taxes much easier for the payers.
“To facilitate the effective and efficient processing of transactions, Remita makes use of Remita Retrieval Reference, a unique code that is generated for each transaction after the payer has completed the appropriate online payment forms, Mr. Aletor said.
He also emphasized that payment can be made online, through AMAC offices, POS, Digital Wallets, Cash Agents and NIBOX terminals which is able to accept cash payment.
In her presentation, Executive Director, Digizens Collaborative, Ms. Jayne Abuo who spoke on “AMAC’s Future Digital Trajectory” reiterated that both AMAC and businesses should embrace new opportunities open by COVID-19 by considering Digitization for organizational and services efficiency which will save expensive cash; support new tech ventures targeting existing under performing industries, education, health, transportation and Agriculture among others.
The last speaker, Mrs. Niles Pyelshak; CEO, Cyber Alliance, USA who spoke on “Building Transparency and Accountabilities through Digital Innovations” said her organisation is directing its focus on Africa, especially Nigeria so as to attract foreign investment and business relationships; address misnomers about Nigeria and build global confidence; identify cyber risks that could prohibit global attractiveness; reduce cyber attack occurrences that will negatively impact the economic brands across industries spanning the entire country and position Nigeria as a leader in connecting cyber policy, corporate governance and human behaviour.
In his closing remarks, the AMAC Supervisory Councillor on Finance the Hon. Gabriel Oluohu, thanked all the partners that made the Virtual Dialogue a huge success.
He reiterated that all revenues generated by the Area Council will be judiciously put to use while calling on Tax payers to pay their tax on time.
The Webinar powered by Cisco Webex was organised by the Abuja Municipal Area Council in collaboration with Swift Reporters and Digizens Collaborative Platform.
NSG To Train 1,300 Youths On Tailoring Across The State, 100 Each Of The 13 LGAs
In a bid to create jobs, reduce unemployment to a minimum rate and boast its revenue generation, the Nasarawa State Government said it will collaborate with the Tailors Association of Nigeria (TAN), to train 1300 youths from across the state, 100 each from each of the 13 local government areas.
The State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this while hosting members of the TAN who came on a courtesy call at the Government House, on Tuesday.
Engineer Sule said his administration is willing to collaborate with any group or association that is seeking to promote self reliance through skills acquisition, especially for Women and youths.
The Governor commended members of the Tailors Association of Nigeria, for recognizing the significant role they play in the society, especially with their decision to support the efforts of government by their decision to train 100 youths from each of the 13 local government areas of the state.
Engineer Sule said government will collaborate with the association on the training, stressing that his administration is willing to provide sewing machines to some of the trainees, in order for them to set up their businesses.
He promised that his administration will carry along members of the tailoring association in government activities, while thanking them for their support.
Engineer Sule promised to support the TAN host its national conference in the state.
In his opening remarks, Nasarawa State President of TAN, Abubakar Sufuyan, disclosed that the association has decided to support the effort of government towards the provision of employment by training 100 youths each from across the 13 local government areas.
Sufuyan expressed gratitude for the Governor agreeing to host members of the tailoring association, as according to him, this was the first time members of the association are being hosted at the Government House since the creation of the state.
He solicited for the support of the state government for the association to host the TAN annual Congress in Nasarawa, as according to him, hosting such national events will bring lots of opportunities to the state.
The TAN, Nasarawa State chapter thereafter appointed Engineer Sule its Grand Patron.
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