The Tenement Rates Being Paid by Various Multinationals in Bonny LGA would Henceforth be Utilized for Developmental – Hon. (Engr.) David Rogers Irimagha Warn political godfathers
The Executive of Chairman of Bonny Local Government, Hon. (Engr.) David Rogers Irimagha, says the tenement rates being paid by various multinationals in the LGA would henceforth be utilized for developmental purposes as the era of sharing of such funds meant for the LGA by a few politicians is over.
He further stated that various developmental projects and programmes would be pursued with the accrued funds while simultaneously pursuing a review of the parameters of determining specific amounts being paid as tenement rates by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), and Mobil Producing Nigeria Limited (MPNL), among others operating in the community.
Hon. Irimagha, who stated this in a meeting some top NLNG officials and CLO’s in his office today explained that the development deficit being suffered by the local government area was unjustified.
While addressing, he said you must have heard that some few persons sit down and share tenement rate that should have been used for developing the LGA, but I can tell you that if such ever happened before it can no longer happen now as we shall use whatever funds that comes in for the development of the LGA, he said.
Bonny Local Government Area, annually receives about N500 million from various multinationals without any commensurate development to justify the receipt of such humongous revenue.
This has remained a burning issue among stakeholders who maintain that such amount if committed to development could go a long way in assuaging the telling deficit in infrastructural development in the area.
The incumbent Bonny LG boss said that the recently received tenement rates paid by the multinationals in the current financial year would be deployed to fund the various projects recently advertised by the Bonny Local Government.
These include the construction of an ultramodern shopping mall situated inside the New Bonny Main Market along the King Perekule Bypass road, clearing and sand filling of the rights off way and of Simidia Airport Link Road, purchase and distribution of 2000 desks for primary schools in Bonny LGA, and construction of the collapsed bridge linking at Abalamabie which connects the community to LongJohn and Bonny Main Town.
Others are erosion and flood control in Bonny and adjoining communities, renovation of public schools in Bonny LGA, rehabilitation and equipping of primary healthcare centres, rehabilitation and furnishing of Bonny Legislative Assembly Building and living quarters for the Leader and Secretary quarters, rehabilitation and furnishing of offices at the Bonny Local Government Council Secretariat, construction of abattoir this will also be sited inside the new market and completion of third staff quarters opposite the Cooper’s Lodge, Bonny.
The Bonny LGA Chairman reiterated his commitment to make good his promise upon assumption of office that his tenure in office would be an era of visible and sustainable development that is peoples centred.