Enugu State House of Assembly has accused the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development, as well as Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) of scaring away investors with multiple taxation.
It expressed dismay about the continued shunning of its invitations by the Commissioner for Land, Dr. Victor Nnam and the Chairman of ECTDA, Dr. Josef Onoh, on three occasions.
A special committee set up by the House of Assembly to investigate illegal extortion of residents had extended invitations to the affected officials.
Spokesman for the house, Jeff Mba, made the disclosure while briefing reporters on the outcome of the committee’s meeting at the assembly complex.
Deputy Speaker Uche Ugwu expressed dismay at the refusal of Nnam and Onoh to appear before the assembly to assist the committee in its investigation, describing it as disregard for the legislature.
Ugwu, who dismissed representatives of the ECTDA, stressed that the assembly would not interface with them, as they were not competent to either answer or provide information needed by the lawmakers.
Ugwu noted that they, as the representatives of the people, would not allow their constituents to be extorted by government ministry, department or agency under the guise of generating revenue for Enugu State.
On the refusal of Onoh and Nnam to appear before the committee, the house spokesman, Mba, hinted that the assembly would take decision on that.
We are not going to begin to engage individuals who probably have excuse for not appearing to offer their own help to this committee, he said.
Mba said Onoh and Nnam were invited to brief the lawmakers on the allegations levelled against the two government establishments.
The house spokesman said the activities of the agency and the ministry were hampering and scaring away local and foreign investors from the state.
He said investors were being made to pay through their nose before establishing their businesses.