The Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue has sealed off the corporate offices of some institutions and agencies in the State.
The affected institutions and agencies include 9Mobile Nigeria, National Orientation Agency, NOA, National Examination Council, Charina filling station, Blue Island, Golden Royal and Brifina Hotels all in Enugu metropolis.
Also sealed off was the University of Nigeria Micro Finance Bank in Nsukka Local Government Area of the State.
The Chairman, Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Emeka Odo, explained that the move was to enforce compliance and to recover about thirty billion naira owed by the organizations as taxpaying agencies.
Mr. Odo who was speaking with journalists after the exercise, stressed that payment of taxes in the State remained sacrosanct, as it was through the taxes that the government would activate the economy and fulfill its obligations to citizens. He further explained that University of Nigeria alone owed the State almost twelve billion naira as tax deductions from its staff which it had failed to remit to State coffers.
The State Board of Revenue Chairman stated that the new Land Use Charge law recently enacted in the State was to help reduce taxes paid on landed properties as a way of promoting economic activities in the area.
He urged property owners to respond to the demand notices issued to them within the three months grace period in order to avoid penalties.
The Board had in a similar exercise last year sealed off hotels and financial institutions, the exercise was said to have fetched the State Government about two billion naira .