Delta State House Of Assembly Passes Hotel, Stores And Consumption Tax Bill.

The Delta State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the State Hotel Occupancy,Restaurant and Departmental Stores Consumption Tax Bill at plenary presided over by the Speaker,Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.The bill was passed following the presentation of a report by its adhoc committee headed by the Deputy Majority Leader,Hon Oboroh Preyor.The committee chairman while presenting the report of their committee said that the committee found it necessary to recommend the consumption tax bill in the state so as to provide other sources of revenue for the state government.

Preyor disclosed that their committee carried out a thorough work on the bill as it was promptly examined,scrutinized and analysed before they arrived at the recommendations.He revealed that due to the strategic importance of the bill, their committee took a sturdy tour to the Lagos House of Assembly where the law had been enacted and in operation.The committee chairman told the House that the state revenue profile was poor due to the current recession the country, pointing out that tax is the key to reviving the ailing economy.

Consequently, the Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere who moved the House to receive the report for furtherbconsideration, moved for the suspension of orders 77, 78 and 79 of the House rules to enable the House pass the bill,seconded by Rt Hon Peter Onwusanya representing Oshimili South constituency.Without much the House unanimously passed the bill following a voice vote by the Speaker,Oborevwori who thanked the lawmakers,particularly the committee members for doing a thorough job on the bill as the consumption tax was important to the state economy.

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