Oyo seals off 39 firms, others in Ibadan over tax debts
OYO State Inter-ministerial Tax Enforcement team on Wednesday and yesterday sealed off about 39 firms, including banks, private hospitals, companies and filling stations within Ibadan metropolis for tax defaulting. Among the firms sealed were Shoprite Dugbe, Unity Hospital Orogun, Ojulowo Eye Clinic, Victory Medical Centre, Grath Nigeria limited, Jericho Idi-Ishin, Ibadan; Dabil Global Ventures, Apata, Ibadan; Funbel Diagnostic Centre, Challenge; Bubble Plus Recreation Centre, Ring Road, Eco Groove, Challenge and some commercial banks.
The action was sequel to the announcement made by the government to embark on an enforcement of payment of taxes, levies duties and other rates by corporate organisations and individuals.
The government had embarked on the sensitisation and engagement programme for citizens, traders, artisans and business owners on the need to pay their taxes to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Biyi Oloko, said this became necessary because many of the companies failed to pay government’s rates, taxes, development levy and renewal of business premises registration fees despite the notices served on them.
He noted that this contravenes the provision of Section 8 of the State business/professional premises law of 1996.
According to him, “this enforcement exercise has become imperative because the state’s economy needs a turnaround through internally generated revenue, private sector led investment and partnerships. The government is operating within the ambits of the law; both individual and corporate citizens must inculcate the culture of responsible citizenship by performing their statutory duties.
“Some firms as well as individuals were expecting us and they paid immediately we got there. Some organisations rushed to make their payment and we have reopened their firms/offices. Our action is backed by the law and we have to ensure that we do not err on the part of it,” he explained.
Oloko urged eligible tax payers to remit their payments into government’s coffers or face sanctions as the exercise would be a continuous one.