Company tackles Osun over N1.3bn debt

A construction firm, Sammya Nig. Ltd., has tackled Osun state government for allegedly refusing to pay a debt of N1.3 billion owed the company.
The company which is piqued by the attitude of the state government over the debt described the sealing of its company by Osun State Internal Revenue Task Force as “persecution and embarrassment.” The company, in a statement signed by its Chairman /CEO, Sammy Adigun, called on the state government to immediately unseal its office in the state without further delay.
The state government had listed the company among tax defaulters and described the action of Sammya and other defaulters as breach of the provision of the law.
Commissioner for Information, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, at a press conference, said taxable corporate organisations which failed to pay their tax returns committed crime under the tax laws.
The state government alleged that about seven companies and 10 federal ministries and departments were owing Osun state over N12.4 billion tax and threatened to take necessary action against them.
It also alleged that Sammya Nigeria Limited was owing N5, 002, 576.77 tax between 2014 and 2016 as tax.
However, Sammya has written the state government, reminding them that the company is being owed N1.3billion by the government, wondering why government sealed its company because of N5 million tax.
Chairman of the company, Adigun, said “We consider the move as persecution despite our commitment and understanding with the stategovernment.
We are major contributor to the people and government of Osun state.” A copy of the letter, written by Sammya to the state government and made available to news men, said “we are by this letter registering our displeasure on the embarrassment by the State Internal Revenue Task Force sealing action, being one of the state government development partners.
“The State Of Osun Government is presently owing our Company over N1.3billion, for job already certifi ed which the state Ministry of Works & State Federal Controller of Works has issued engineering certificates on the dualisation of Osogbo -Ikirun – Ila Odo Kwara state boundaryroad.
“We keep faith on the state government promises to pay down this debtbefore the end of this present administration ends in November, 2018,” the petition said.

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