Bayelsa State Govt To Seal Off Companies Who Defaulted In Tax Payment
Mr. Felix Bonny Ayah said the major responsibility of the government is to ensure that the multinationals have a good working environment and a smooth drive in their operations, thus, the companies have to reciprocate by ensuring that their responsibilities to the government are fulfilled by paying their tax.
Mr. Victor Ovuakporaye, the Human Resource Manager of Hi-long limited who represented the firm said issues related to tax payment is handled by their tax consultant who will address the issues in no distant time.
It would be recalled that the Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson had reported some companies to President Muhammadu Buhari for non remission of taxes to the state in a letter forwarded to the President earlier this year.
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Bayelsa state on Oil and Gas, Mr. Bonny Felix Ayah, also briefed the representatives of the companies on his efforts to ensure that he brings the companies and communities together through a good working relationship to sustain a smooth running of operations.
Mr Felix Bonny Ayah reminded the companies of the employment chances for the communities which is the only solution to avoid itch for the companies operations.
The Special Adviser also used the medium to warn communities against shutting down multinational’s sites which is unlawful as only the State oil and Gas task force can enforce law as directed by the Government. While urging communities to channel their complains to the state Government through the office of the Special Adviser on Oil and Gas, he assured of a fair playing ground in dispute resolution.
In response to the Mr. Bonny Felix Ayah, Mr. A.W Olayiwola, who represented the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) appreciated the special Adviser to the Governor on Oil and Gas, stating that SPDC will work closely with the Government to avoid repetition of the shortcomings.