The Rivers State House of Assembly has passed the Rivers State Value Added Tax bill, 2021.
Speaker of the House, Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani, said the bill seeks to improve the well-being of the people.
Leader of the House, Martin Amaewhule, who called for the speedy passage of the bill during debate, said it will shore up the revenue of the state.
In a remark, Deputy Speaker of the house, and Chairman House Committee on Finance, Edison Ehie, said the transparency of the bill will enhance the sharing formula of state and local government which is 70:30 respectively.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Residents Registration Agency bill 2021 has been referred to the Committee of the Whole.
Speaking on the bill, the lawmakers said it will ensure that residents of the state are properly registered so that Rivers State can have a reliable database that will help in economic planning, budgetary provision, amongst others.
Our correspondent reports that the House will commence sitting tomorrow.
Similarly, the Rivers State House of Assembly has passed the Rivers State Prohibition of Open Rearing and Grazing Bill, 2021,
This follows a committee report presented on the floor of the house by the house committee Chairman on Agriculture, and co-sponsor of the bill, Anselem Oguguo.
The Majority Leader of the house, Martin Amewhule, who led the debate, said the bill, when passed into law, will address the issues of encroachment of farmland and unlawful killings of farmers in the state.
Some lawmakers, during the debate, supported the bill after extensive arguments on the bill.
The Speaker of the house, in his submission, said the bill will address challenges emanating from the open rearing and grazing of livestock in the state.
The House also passed the Rivers State Residents registration agency bill 2021.
Speaker Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani, in his resolution after the committee of the whole, said the bill will enable the state enhance effective service delivery.
The house adjourned sitting till Wednesday 1st September, 2021.