The Oyo State Government defended the closure of some firms, including Obasanjo Farms, saying it was not politically against the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
The state government insisted that firms in Ibadan, the state capital, had recently been sealed for alleged tax evasion.
He denied the insinuations that he sealed Obasanjo's farms and more than 40 other business firms in the state for political reasons.
The Government stated that the sealing of the office space was due to the fact that the affected firms and businesses had not complied with the state's tax law after all the known efforts to compel noncompliant companies to fulfill the failed.
Mr. Bicci Alli, Chairman of the Oybir Income Income Board (OYBIR), explained during a meeting on sensitization and education with members of organized private sectors and chambers of commerce under the auspices of the Association of Nigerian Producers (MAN), Head Oyo, at the MAN House, Jericho Road, Ibadan
The meeting, which was attended by representatives of manufacturing companies and business organizations operating in the country, indicated that OPS is willing to cooperate with the government to ensure compliance with taxes in the interests of both companies and the government.
Allie, whose mission coordinated an interdepartmental joint tax team that enforces tax law, said the government was never political in its enforcement actions, but was more concerned with establishing a culture of voluntary taxation among all individuals and corporate residents in the state.
Promising that this event will be continuous, Alli stressed that the Council will not give up its efforts until all money due to the government is paid out immediately.
He assured business owners that the government is not interested in disrupting the business, but it makes it necessary to provide favorable conditions for business prosperity, adding that only mutually beneficial relations between the government and the business sector can help both sides.
Alli said: "I must state that the government is not interested in violating the business interests of the private sector, because we are firmly convinced that the Organized Private Sector is making a huge contribution to the state economy, as we also recognize the fact that the government is doing well in that makes the environment very business-friendly.
"However, we need you (OPS) as needed (the government). We do not want to start compulsory execution, if absolutely necessary.
"Our process and procedures are not conditioned by political considerations. OYBIR works in the state government, and we intend to use the proceeds after a proper process. We have carried out some measures, and, unfortunately, people are trying to read some political meanings for this exercise. Ши C C д C Cши C Cши C C C C C C C C C C C Cши C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C
Ши Cши д C Cши Cши д C Cши Cши Cши Cши Cши Cши Cшиши C + it was not done politically, but because the organization did not pay for what they had to pay. I am pleased to inform you that the company, like many others, also suffered, returned to pay what they had to pay, and commercial premises have since been reopened.
"Our system is not political. We performed our work mainly on what the firms had to pay, and where they do not pay, we do the necessary actions. People should not read political coloring to our efforts.
"And everyone should be able to separate statutory duties and functions from politics. Payment of taxes is mandatory. This is the law. It is a moral duty and a civil responsibility of all. Thus, there is no connection between tax payments and policies, how much we are concerned, and we will do the necessary, and whoever is involved, we will see to it that they pay. "
Earlier, the chairman, Mr. Cola Akosile, praised the efforts of the board, noting that in the near future a forum will be launched in the country where members of the TSO and the government agency will interact and review the planned policies before they are introduced.
"The organized private sector at the Association of Producers of Nigeria and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a peaceful discussion with the Council of the Interior of the State of Oyo, led by its chairman, Mr. Bicci Alli and his staff.
"It was very interactive and useful, and we believe that this will lead to a high level of compliance from the private sector, establish cordial relations with the government and create favorable conditions for our business. We hope that we will have this forum constantly.
"We will soon have what we call the Legislative Council of the private sector so that we can involve the government before some of these decisions disappear. Ши C C C Cши C C C C Cши C C C C C C C C C Cши Cши C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C Cши C C Cшиши C C C Cши C C C C C C
Recall that last week about 12 commercial banks in Ibadan were sealed for the same crime.
Since then, they began their banking operations after taking the necessary measures.