Government House Correspondent Marian Nweke reported that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this on Wednesday when the Chairman and members of the Council of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Edo/Delta Branch, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Asaba.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa described Members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria as stakeholders in his administration’s partnership to develop the state economy. He noted that members of MAN, through their various manufacturing outfits, have helped in creating employment.
On the issue of multiple taxation in the state, the Governor explained that the state has harmonised its taxes, and directed the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah to investigate the issue with a view to ascertaining the authenticity of the claim.
He pointed out that the state Government had in 2019 directed that any demand notice from the state must be one common demand notice.
On the request for MAN to be represented in the State Economic Council, Governor Okowa said he would look at the law that established the Council, adding that if there was an omission, an amendment would be made with a view to including a representative of the Association in the Council.
The Chairman of the Council of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Edo/Delta Branch, Mr. Okwara Udensi lauded Governor Okowa’s efforts in repositioning the state to attract investors through massive development of road infrastructure in the state Mr. Udensi, disclosed that members of the Association were glad with the various skills and entrepreneurship development programmes of the state Government, adding that they were ready to partner with the state in its entrepreneurial development initiative.
He applauded the establishment of the State Economic Council, but observed that the Association was not represented in it and appealed that MAN should be included in the Council.
The MAN Chairman called for harmonisation of taxes and levies in the state, as members of the Association were grappling with the issue of multiple taxation and appealed for a plot of land for the Association to build its permanent office in the State.