The Ondo State Internal Revenue Service(ODIRS) on Thursday sealed seven business premises over alleged defaulting in payment of Land Use Charge.
The state revenue agency said it was acting in compliance with court orders.
The Deputy Head of Legal Department of ODIRS, Gregory Afuwape, told newsmen that the affected companies were in Akure South and Idanre Local Government areas of the state.
“The owners are aware of the court order because every statutory notice were served on them and some of them have not paid their Land Use Charge since 2017,” he said.
He advised defaulters, who their business premises were locked, to visit the ODIRS headquarters in Akure to pay their taxes.
He reiterated that the affected properties would remain sealed until the payment of their liabilities.
“Anyone found to have opened the premises after it has been sealed will be arrested by our monitoring team and charged for contempt of court,” he warned.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sealed companies include; shopping malls, filling stations and sawmills.
The Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS) on Friday unsealed seven business premises that it earlier sealed off over tax liabilities.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in line with a recent court judgment, ODIRS had on Tuesday sealed 18 companies across the state due to default in payment of tax.
The Deputy Head of Legal Department of ODIRS, Gregory Afuwape, told NAN in Akure after unsealing the companies premises by the agency, that the companies had paid their tax liabilities.
Afuwape urged companies in the state to always comply and play their tax liabilities so that the state could develop.
He said the agency would not relent in its efforts to recover all debts owed the state by companies and individuals for the continuous development of the state.
“We have unsealed seven business premises as at today; they have paid their liabilities.
“So, therefore, the authorities of the Ondo State Internal Revenue Service ordered that we should go back and unseal the premises for the owners, that’s why we are here.
“Eighteen business premises were locked, based on court judgement, and the enforcement continues by next week and the exercise is throughout the state.
“Our message to business premises is that they should come and pay their tax liability, and this is for improvement of the state and not for an individual,” he said.
Afuwape said the exercise would continue next week, saying that the state was “not being wicked on any companies” but to generate revenue for the development of the state.
NAN reports that the agency had embarked on revenue drive to recover debts owed by companies operating in the state.
The Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS) has embarked on road show in Ondo West Local Government Area to sensitise property owners towards increasing the level of compliance to Land Use Charge in the state.
The ODIRS Head of Department of Land Use Charge, Mr Fidelis Fadugbagbe, told newsmen in Ondo town on Monday that although the compliance level in the area was encouraging, the road show was aimed at making it better.
He noted that most of the commercial property owners in the area had paid, appealing to residential building owners to also comply.
He said that the present administration in the state had stopped multiple charges on property and made Land Use Charge payment convenient for the people.
“People will pay tenement rate, land use and other charges, but the government says that multiple taxation should stop and direct that it should be collected together and later shared based on agreed percentage between the state and the 18 local governments.
“Now, once you pay Land Use Charge, it covers both tenement rate, land use and other taxes,” he said Fadugbagbe appealed to property owners to pay their Land Use Charge, saying, “it will bring rapid development to their area, aside what the government will do, ODIRS as a collection agency will also encourage them with community impact project.
“The project may be street light, grading of roads or borehole; project within our budget because we are not a contract awarding agency, but we will take it upon ourselves to encourage any community that comply with the payment of their Land Use Charge.
“We will invite the community that are paying and ask them what can we do for them within our budget just to encourage them to be consistent in the payment,” he said Earlier, the ODIRS Station Manager in the local government, Mr Samuel Awosusi, urged property owners to comply with the payment of their Land Use Charge.
Awosusi said the bill payable are from N1,000 to N10,000, adding that people living in the low value zones will pay N1,000, while N3,000 to N5,000 for medium value zones and N7,000 to N10,000 for people living in high value zones.
He said the payment was for landlords and not for tenants.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the road show took off from Ife Garage to Velentino, Funmbi Fagun, Sabo, Adeyemi, Oka, Odosida, Ugele Maroko, uparuku, Barracks Road, Udishin, Yaba and ended at Akure Garage.
By Segun Giwa
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has described the Ondo Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS) as one of the key achievements his administration will always be proud of.
Akeredolu said this on Tuesday in Akure at the ODIRS Soft Skill Training Programme.
The Governor noted that his administration had improved tremendously on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.
He disclosed that the state IGR had increased from N700 million generated monthly before the advent of the administration to over N2 billion.
Akeredolu emphasised the importance of training officers of the revenue service, noting that it would help them to build confidence and hunger for more achievements.
“The ODIRS is one of the key areas where our government can beat its chest and come out and say we have done something great.
“As I expect all of you to know, when we came in, the revenue generation was at best N700 million per month.
“And from the figures that we saw just now, from 2018, 2019 and 2020, clearly we are averaging about N2 billion per month. That is three times what we met on ground,” Akeredolu said.
The governor who commended the Chairman of the State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Tolu Adegbie, said that his appointment as head of the revenue service was not a mistake.
“Let me say this, Tolu Adegbie, you have done wonderfully well. We have not made any mistake by requesting for your secondment from your office of comfort at WEMA Bank to come and assist us here in Ondo state.
“We are proud of you. We note your efforts particularly. We couldn’t have achieved anything without this set of young men and women who are working with you. We thank you all,” Akeredolu said.
The governor charged the officers to see the training as an opportunity to improve themselves and in turn, improve the revenue generation in the state. (NAN)(NAN)
The Ondo State Internal Revenue Service ( ODIRS) on Monday in Akure inaugurated a Joint State Revenue Committee to boost revenue generation.
The joint committee is made up of ODRIS chair and the chairmen of the 18 local government councils in the state.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mr Tolu Adegbie, the Chairman of ODIRS, said that the committee was a product of the Ondo State Revenue Administration Law 2019, as approved and signed into law by Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
He noted that the function of the committee was to harmonise tax administration, deal with revenue matters of common concern to the state and local government authorities.
According to him, the committee will enlighten members of the public on the state and local government revenue issues.
The ODIRS chairman noted that there were opportunities the local government areas could tap into to increase their revenue generation without creating more tax burden for the populace.
Adegbie said that it was worrisome that a lot of local councils in the state were struggling, noting that it was time for them to come together.
The chairman noted that the ODIRS had achieved 99 per cent of its N24 billion target for 2020.
Mr Segun Odusanya, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, stated that the initiative would block some financial loss experienced by some local governments.
Odusanya noted that some local governments did not know the actual money being generated by their tax consultants, saying that with standard measures of ODIRS, the committee would be a great benefit to local governments because their revenue would be harmonised. ( NAN)
Staff of the Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS) have donated N1.3 million to the Ondo State Government in support of efforts to tackle the COVID -19 pandemic.
The Chairman of ODIRS, Mr Tolu Adegbie, presented the cash donation to the State COVID-19 Response Fund Committee on Saturday in Akure on behalf of the staff.
Represented by Jemilat Yusuf, ODIRS Assistant Director of Human Resources, Adegbie explained that the donation was a voluntary contribution by workers of the organisation across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
He commended the state government for the precautionary measures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, saying that the donation was to support the state government and assist vulnerable persons in the state.
The chairman also called on all residents to obey the stay-at-home directive of the government, maintain social distancing, use sanitisers and wash their hands regularly to stay safe.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the COVID-19 committee, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, commended the staff of ODIRS for their kind gesture.
Fatusi, a member of the committee and Vice-Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo, said the donation was a laudable example which should be emulated by all.
According to him, the committee will mobilise all available resources to successfully combat the COVID-19 and mitigate its effects on the vulnerable and less privileged in the society through distribution of palliatives.
He equally solicited the support of all stakeholders to ensure victory over the coronavirus pandemic.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Monday announced an increase in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state from N750 million to N2.2 billion monthly since the inception of his administration.
Akeredolu disclosed this in Akure during the induction of the second batch of 171 new employees of the Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS)
He explained that the revenue was hovering between N650 and N700 million, adding that it had grown to about N1.5 billion by 2018
“By 2019, our average monthly revenue grew to N1.75 billion. This year, we have generated N2.2 billion for January,” he said.
The governor also advised the new staff to be competent revenue employees while working together as a team to further raise the IGR.
“Be contented with your work, you will be well renumerated. You must bring character into this service,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of ODIRS, Mr Tolu Adegbie, had commended the governor for his drive in the growth of IGR in the state.
He said that the governor, in his passion, was always present in the monthly performance review on IGR.
Adegbie further said the first batch of 241 new employees in 2019 had greatly improved the IGR while the impact would be felt with an increase later year in the year.
Edited By: Muftau Adediran/Mufutau Ojo)