Oyo State government has shut down Obasanjo Farms located in Ibadan and 15 other businesses for failing to pay the state’s environmental development levy.
The action was carried out by the Board of Internal Revenue’s inter-ministerial enforcement unit.
Other companies affected were Black Horse, Heinemann Educational Books, Lister Flour Mills, Evans Brother, Butterfield bakery, Chicken Republic, MRS oil and Rahsmed Publicity.
Chairman, Oyo state Board of Internal Revenue (OYBIR), Bicci Alli, told journalist that the exercise became inevitable due to the failure of the affected firms to comply with the state tax laws after series of formal communication failed. Alli stressed that the enforcement will be continuous, warning that all corporate organizations in the state must do the needful and be corporately responsible in line with the laws of the land.
He said “the exercise was not something new and not outside the law. It is within the law. We went to restrain some corporate organizations that failed to pay what is due to Oyo state government after giving due notices, demand notices and even public notices to that effect and they failed to pay.