From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue State Government has decried the rate at which revenue meant for the state government is being diverted through illegal collections, multiple taxation by several unapproved groups among others.
Hence, the government has warned some Ministries Deparrtment Agencies, MDA’s who are in the habit of diverting monies collected from PAYE to desist from the unwholesome practice as it contravenes the state revenue generation laws.
Governor Samuel Ortom who read the riot act in a communique issued at the end of Revenue Generation stakeholders meeting held at the new Banquet hall, Makurdi, yesterday, also warned Local Government Chairmen to henceforth, desist from multiple taxations in their council areas which discourage traders from coming into Benue State to buy produce.
The communique which was also signed by the Secretary to the State Governemnet Prof. Anthony Ijohor and the Speaker of the State Assembly Titus Uba further called for the dismantling of illegal revenue collection checkpoints forthwith, averring that any person or group of persons caught operating such illegal revenue collection checkpoints shall be punished.