Tony Ita-Etim, Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has assured investors and business concerns in Rivers State that his administration will eliminate multiple taxation in 2017.
The governor however warned that companies and individuals who failed to pay their ground rents would have their certificates of occupancy revoked in a new policy on revenue drive in the state.
He spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt while hosting Managing Director of Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, Mr. Guido D’aloisio on Thursday.
He noted that the Rivers State Government has reformed its tax system with a view to enhancing her internally generated revenue.
According to him, the present economic downturn requires a more robust revenue generation mechanism for the funding of development projects and the maintenance of security.
While commending Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited for its investments in Rivers State, Governor Wike urged them to partner with the state government to reconstruct a major access road in the company’s host community.
He called on the expatriates in the company to serve as ambassadors of Rivers State in the international community.
Managing Director of Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, Mr. Guido D’aloisio commended Governor Wike for sustained infrastructural development which has positively impacted on the operations of the company.
He said that the company has contributed but to the growth of Nigeria and Rivers State, especially the development of the critical manpower in the oil and gas industry.