By Daniel Tyokua
In spite of the temporary ban of collection of tenement rate by area councils in the FCT by the FCT Minister, Bwari Area Council has continued to collect rates from their residents.
Meanwhile, there is confusion in Bwari Area Council over the collection of tenement rates as residents are resisting the levy and have resorted to attack on the official in-charge of the various tax groups.
This emerged as a result of the council’s inability to clearly define the role of each group, especially the technical partners and genuine revenue staff saddled with the responsibility of collecting tenement rates.
Recently, one Alafiatayo Kehinde narrowly escaped death by some individuals who branded themselves as ‘technical officers’.
Kehinde was reported to have been attacked by some individuals collecting tenement rate, whose office is located along Kubwa PW Market, resulting to a serious fracture on his right leg.
The National Assembly in 2016 directed that there shouldn’t be engagement of any revenue consultant, which it described as an economic sabotage but the Bwari council chairman, Musa Dikko appear to have shunned the directive.
Dikko has rebranded and renamed consultancy to technical partners, the development which is said to be threatening the peace of the area.
Though the council Chief Revenue Officer, Maimuna Bage denied any clash between revenue collectors and even the public, but a letter of complaint of criminal assault, kidnapping and attempted murder written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), by Peter Aladetoyinbo showed that Kehinde work for Bwari council Revenue Department.
According to the letter, he was engaged by Chief Revenue Officer and the central cashier to teach their staff and assist them on the distribution of tenement bills.
The situation is not clear as the council and its revenue department claimed ignorant of the infighting over tenement rate going round the area councils.