The Enugu State Bar Owners’ Association, Monday, appealed to local government councils in the state to waive the payment of various levies imposed on pub operators because of the harsh economic realities attendant to the global coronavirus pandemic. The association made this request when they paid a visit to the state chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, Mr Solomon Onah, in Enugu.
The president of the association, Mr Hilary Onah, on behalf of others, commended the chairmen of the 17 local government areas in the state for being pro-masses, adding it has contributed towards general peace under the administration of Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Onah further said, “We plead that revenue collections from all bars and by extension all our members be centralised in a way that Enugu State Bar Owners’ Association, as a body, collects our members’ levies and remit to various LGAs accordingly. The implication is that we conduct a census to ascertain the number of pub operators in each of the LGAs in Enugu State for easy collection of the levies and remittances.
“In a similar development, we beg that this year’s levies be waived because of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was an ill wind, and we are just recovering from the lockdown. Currently, we are simply trying to adapt to the aftermath of the economic crunch we passed through during the lockdown. Thus, waiving this year’s levies will enable us to return to business fully, and also enhance our subsequent remittances to the government. This singular act will also boost our businesses and welfare. In other words, let it take effect from 2021.”
Responding, the state ALGON chairman, Mr Onah, thanked the association for uniting during the coronavirus pandemic by not violating the lockdown, which helped in curtailing the spread of the virus. He further assured that all their requests, especially as they concern waiving this year’s levies, would be looked into by the larger house of the council chairmen. He also called on them to continue to observe the Covid-19 protocols because the battle was yet to be won.
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