Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has introduced N3,000 compulsory development levy to be paid by all leviable adults in the state.
The State Commissioner for Community Government, Culture and Traditional Affairs, Louis Daru, said the state was targeting 2,000 leviable adults in each of the state’s 637 autonomous communities.(2,000×N3,000=N6,000,000×637 = N3,822,000,000).
“To facilitate the payment, the state government...since September 2016, has provided community adult registers for all autonomous communities in the state where the communities will enlist the names of at least 2,000 leviable adults.
“...Okorocha has directed that all recognised autonomous communities in Imo State should pay the minimum adult development levy of N6,000,000 without further delay.
“Any recognised autonomous community that fails to pay the development levy will be merged with sister autonomous community that had paid and the salaries/allowances of the traditional ruler will be suspended.
“Government has concluded arrangements to embark on sensitisation meetings with traditional rulers at the local government areas to further emphasize His Excellency’s directives and monitor compliance," he said.