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Anambra begins hunt for tax evaders

06 February 2013, 09:09

Anambra - The government of Anambra will commence hunt for tax evaders from Feb. 11, as part of avenues to boost its revenue.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Joe-Martins Uzodike, announced this in Awka on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting of the state Executive Council held on Monday.

He said that the revenue drive would be total and would cover all areas of the state and urged all those whose incomes were not taxable to go the tax office and obtain exemption certificate.

``All taxable persons, residing in any part of the state are to ensure that they pay their taxes and collect the appropriate receipts, to be presented to enforcement agents on demand.

``Once an offender is caught, such offender will be made to wear an apron with the inscription `Tax Evader’ after which he or she will be assessed to make necessary payments,” Uzodike warned.

The commissioner said that `adequate’ enlightenment would be carried out, including sending text messages to the people of the state before the hunt begins.

As part of other avenues to shore up its revenue base, Uzodike announced that only the emblems owned by the government would henceforth be sold to motorists and other relevant bodies.

He said that the sale of other state emblems within the territory of Anambra had been proscribed and warned that any person caught selling such emblem would face disciplinary measures.

Uzodike said that another `key’ decision taken by the executive council included the award of contract for the construction of Ifite-Umueri to St. Monica Ogbunike Cave Road valued at N1.24 billion.



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