OWERRIâ€”Imo State Government has warned operators of hospitality and tourism industry to pay their taxes as at when due or face appropriate sanctions from government.
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Chief Chuma Nnaji, gave the warning when he played host to the executive members of Imo State Chapter of Hospitality and Tourism Management Association of Nigeria.
â€œIt is sad to note that some of you collaborate to shortchange or evade payment of taxes to the state government. You should please encourage your members to pay their taxes so that government can serve the citizenry better,â€ Nnaji said.
He also appealed to members of the association to help government and the security agencies to rid the state of armed robbers and kidnappers, who use hotels as hideouts.
Earlier in his address, the State Coordinator of Imo/Abia State Chapter of the Association, Mr. Alex Onyeocha, highlighted the aims and challenges of the association and appealed for governmentâ€™s support.