For allegedly defaulting in paying their tenement rates to the government, the Katsina State Urban and Regional Planning Board (KURPB) has threatened to seal 150 Glo offices.
The threat was issued by KURPB’s Secretary, Alhaji Abdulmumini Usman, on behalf of the general manager of board, Usman Nadada, on Wednesday after a visit to one of such sites operating in Katsina metropolis.
Abdulmumini Usman said the board at any moment, will use its powers to seal the 150 Glo sites where the telecom giant erected its masts across the state over non-payment of the rates.
Tenement rates are taxes paid by landlords or occupiers of buildings or pieces of lands to the government as part of its Internally Generated Revenue.
Though the KURPB secretary did not disclose the amount involved, he noted that such taxes were part of the state government’s sources of internally generated revenue which would not be neglected as it would also assist in improving the living conditions of the people through the provision of amenities.
He decried the firm’s failure to respond to letters written to it by the board since February this year in respect of the outstanding payment.
Usman, who disclosed that other telecommunication companies operating in the state had paid their fees, said the board would not tolerate impunity from its residents.
Hear him; “We were not out to embarrass anybody, our concern is to apply the relevant laws to make sure that revenue accrual to the state are genuinely collected.”
Abdulmumini Usman therefore advised other organisations with outstanding payments to the government to settle them in good time to avoid sanction.