Business organisations that built structures on mandatory road setbacks in Oyo State have been warned to pay for temporary usage of the spaces or have them taken over by government.
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Internal Revenue Service (OYSIRS), Aremo John Adeleke disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in his office shortly after an enforcement exercise under the Management of Public Space Scheme (MOPS) embarked upon by Oyo State Internal Revenue Services (OYSIRS) and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.
He said the present administration in the state was not happy with the attitude of most organisations using these spaces for failing to meet their financial obligations to the government despite being served many notices by the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR).
Adeleke further stated that for government to be able to provide amenities for residents in the state, business organisations and business owners need to remit taxes, levies and dues to the rightful place as their civic duties.
He said: “Setbacks in public places are government properties and to use them, there should be payment for temporary use of such places. Most organizations have taken this for granted for so long and that is what necessitated our action at this point.
“The focus of the first phase of the enforcement exercise is on the Banking Industry after that we will move to other sub-sectors. The government will recover the setbacks unless those affected do what is required.
“In the past, series of correspondence, plea and stakeholders meeting with those concerned yielded no response. Also,the second phase will come soonest and will reach others that refused to comply with the payment option.”
The chairman appreciated those that have complied and implored other business owners and individuals with outstanding taxes,levies,charges and fees to pay up so as to forestall drastic measures being taken against them.