By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has appealed to the Head of Service of the Federation to prevail on some federal parastatals and agencies in the state to defray the outstanding N2 billion tax liabilities to the state government.
Oshiomhole made the appeal yesterday when he granted audience to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi and Dr. Jamila Shuara, the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, at Government House, Benin City.
He said: “Just this morning (yesterday), I directed one of my commissioners to do a letter to Mr. President to draw his attention to the fact that federal ministries, departments and agencies are owing us over N2 billion unremitted tax.
“We expect that given the fact that these are Federal Agencies they should respect the law, more so when it has to do with tax obligations. Whether federal, state or local governments, the common denominator is the welfare of our people.
“Every tier of government has the legitimacy of that shared commitment. When all the three tiers of government work together, service delivery will, hopefully, be enhanced and our people will be the beneficiaries of what we do.
“We also believe that regardless of who your employer is, if you live in this state, you are part and parcel of the state.”
Governor Oshiomhole said that all those living and working in Edo State enjoyed the same rights and privileges, just as the people were expected to meet up with their obligations to the state.
His said breaches of tax laws were criminal matters and implored the permanent secretary to prevail on the Presidency over the remittance of over N2 billion tax debt.
Earlier, Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi said they were in the state at the instance of the Head of Service of the Federation towards creating a bridge between Federal Civil Servants at the Federal Capital and those at the various state capitals.
He commended the cordial relationship existing between federal and state civil servants and lauded Governor Oshiomhole for his developmental strides.