IRKED by the failure of the banks and GSM telecommunications services providers to pay due taxes for business premises, the Ekiti State Government has sealed off their business premises.
The government decided to close their business premises because the operators deliberately flouted rules on the payment for business premises, according to the Commissioner for Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Mr. Michael Ayodele, who said the amount owed government runs into millions of naira.
Though the commissioner said some of the affected firms had made paltry payment he regretted that some had not paid the said tax in the last three years.
Ayodele, who led officials of his ministry to seal off the affected business premises, said the government took the action after repeated warnings to the banks and GSM operators to meet their tax obligations were ignored, stressing that it was shocking that corporate bodies, which are making so much from the state, would chose to default in the payment of their dues.
“People and business outfits must be alive to their civic responsibilities. It is not good when an organisation operates in a state and makes money and refuses to pay the necessary taxes to the state government.
“We all know that the current economic realities require the blocking of all financial leakages and looking inward for the government to generate funds.
The administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose is delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the state and it is money the government needs to execute its programmes and we appeal to all to cooperate and pay levies, taxes and dues promptly and fully,” he said.
He added that the state government would not hesitate to seal off any erring firm in the state.
Among the firms affected were Unity Bank along Adebayo Road and UB along Secretariat Road, Ado-Ekiti. Others are Etisalat, Airtel and Glo corporate offices.

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