DSCTDA Seeks Legislative Approval For Revenue Collection

By Fortune Ngozi Onwordi

The Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA) has sought the approval of state House of Assembly for a range of fees, levies and fines it's enabling law has granted it power to collect.
The Director General of the agency, Hon. Mrs. Onyemaechi Joan Mrakpor, stated this when she received the members of the Delta State House of Assembly Committee on the Agency in a courtesy visit on Wednesday, November 6.
She said the agency had earlier written to the House through the clerk in accordance with parliamentary procedure, noting that the letter may have been brought to the attention of the committee.
Members of the Delta State House of Assembly Committee On Capital Territory Development Agency in the visit include Hon. Engr. Emmanuel Sinebe (chairman), Hon. Engr. Emeka Nwaobi (vice chairman), Hon. Emeka Kenneth Oboro Preyor (member), Hon. Festus Okoh (member) and Hon. Guwor Emomotimi Dennis (member).
She said the agency's enabling law recognises it as a revenue generating agency through fees and fines to be imposed on individuals and organisations that flout environmental laws.
Mrs. Mrakpor decried the fact that development agencies in the state have not been proactive in the monitoring of the quality of construction projects carried out in the state.
The former Lawmaker gave the law makers insight into the agency's activities since she came into office and asked them to prevail on the House to grant approval to the Agency on areas where it is entitled to collect revenue.
Responding, the Committee Chairman, Hon. Sinebe, expressed satisfaction with the activities of agency, noting that the DG as a former lawmaker who understands legislative processes will reposition the DSCTDA.
Acknowledging the inadequacies in effecting quality control in project execution, Engr. Nwaobi, vice chairman of the committee, said he will soon introduce a bill to ensure that all the local government areas in the state establish channels for quality control.
We must be very concerned with quality control in the state,
he stated.

Mrs. Mrakpor and the Committee Members During The Visit

The committee resolved to look into the response by the clerk to the letter written to House by the Agency with a view to helping the Agency secure the approval it seeks.
The DG and Members of the Committee agreed to embark on an inspection tour to three projects before the end of November 2019. The projects listed include DLA Road and Drainage Project opposite the Asaba International Airport, Asaba.
Mrs. Mrakpor thanked the Committee and requested that they return again to meet with the entire board members of the Agency.

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