Osun State Government yesterday sealed off Globacom Telecommunication office in Osogbo and its four based stations in the state over unpaid tax amounting to N532million.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the State Internal Revenue Service (OSIRS), Mr. Dayo Oyebanji and his team carried out the seal during a visit to the office in Osogbo.
Oyebanji declared that the action was aimed at ensuring remittance of all the outstanding tax due to the state adding that the revenue agency had already secured warrant of distress from the Osun State High Court against the Globacom Company to carry out the closure.
While effecting the court order, Oyebanji accompanied with security agencies ordered workers of the communication outfit out as the agency officials padlock the office located at Fakunle Area of Osogbo, Osun State.
Addressing the newsmen shortly after the seal, Oyebanji noted that the revenue agency had tried all possible efforts to resolve the matter amicably in the last two years but the Globacom has refused to yield to the calls of the agency.
Oyebanji added that the State House of Assembly intervene in the matter by inviting Globacom whose representatives promised to remit the outstanding tax liabilities within two weeks without fulfilling the promises.
The Chairman of the revenue boss who lamented that while other individual and corporate bodies had been voluntarily complying with the payment of tax, management of Globacom has failed to show any sign of voluntary compliance, said further that the company has failed to obtain relevant approval for laying of fibre optics in line with the State’s relevant regulation on physical and urban planning.
He explained that the company will not be re-opened until when the company
remit all the outstanding tax to the coffer of the state.
“Before this time, the state government had been lenient with the Globacom because of the importance of their business to both the people and the government. We engaged them in series of meetings with the assistance of House Committee on Communication but we are yet to get reasonable response from the company.
“It is only the Globacom Limited that we are sealing because others especially those invited by the assembly have responded to our calls. It is only the Globacom that has not shown up. They are given one excuse or the other.
Oyebanji therefore appealed to the residents of the state to cooperate with the state government by ensuring that their civic duties are carried out so that the government would be able to perform its obligations to the people
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