ASSOCIATION of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) Delta chapter has condemned in strong terms the increasing cases of harassment and forceful collection of illegal levies also known as “deve” by youths in Warri and parts of Delta State.
This condemnation was made by Mr. Paul Akporowho, chairman, APBN Delta State during the association’s courtesy visit of HRM Emmanuel Okumagba, the Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom of Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Mr. Akporowho who led some members of the executive on the visit appealed to the monarch to prevail on the youths in his domain to stop harassing and collection of illegal levies from developers.
The chairman said that such attitude hinders development on any given society.
According to him, the new law was expected to put an end to the incessant harassment of developers particularly the youths who often times chased away investors in the state with illegal levies.
I doubt if any “deve” collector and their cohorts have been successfully prosecuted.”
The Delta State chairman of APBN further added, “This is an important law that was passed to promote ease of doing business and encourage growth and development. So it should by of interest to us and for discussion by us: The Lawyers, Estate Surveyor and Valuer, Engineers and Town Planners among others.”
Responding, HRM Okumagba, Orosuem of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom assured that he will do everything possible to ensure that youth did not harass developers and investors in his domain.
According to HRM Okumagba, “we are not going to leave any stone unturned on the activities of the youths against the developers.
Since “deve” is prohibited nobody has the righty to harass builders.”
However, promised to work in synergy with the body to control the activities of the restive youths involved in the harassment of the developers.
On the association’s entourage were: Rev. Lewis Afolabi (Secretary) Mr. Jude Ojukoko (Financial Secretary), Dr. Pharm. Johnson Alabi (Publicity Secretary) among others.