Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
The Oyo State government on Thursday said the closure of Obasanjo Farms in the Oluyole Estate area of Ibadan was not political. It said more than 400 other businesses were also sealed for their failure to pay the state’s Environmental Development Levy after several notices were served on them.
During a sensitisation and enlightenment meeting with the members of the Organised Private Sector and Chambers of Commerce under the aegis of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria in Ibadan, the Chairman of Oyo State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr Bicci Alli, said the state and the board had nothing against the business interest of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, stressing that it was an exercise that was executed as part of the internal revenue generation drive of the state.
Alli said, “I must state that the government does not have any interest in disturbing business interest of the private sector because we believe strongly that the Organised Private Sector contributes tremendously to the state economy as we will also acknowledge the fact that the government is doing well in making the environment very conducive for businesses to operate.
“There was enforcement and we stopped activities at Obasanjo Farms. It was not done politically but because that organisation did not pay what it was supposed to pay and I am glad to tell you that the company, just like many others affected, have come back to pay what they are supposed to pay and the business premises have since been re-opened. Our system is not political. People should not give political colouration to our efforts.”
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