17th January, 2018
The Oyo State Government says it will sanction any player in the hospitality industry which defaults in the payment of taxes and levies.
Mr Toye Arulogun, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, issued the warning on Wednesday in Ibadan on the sidelines of a sensitisation visit to some operators in the hospitality industry.
Arulogun, who also announced 10 days ultimatum for them to pay their dues, said only 30 percent of the players in the industry had complied.
“Today in Oyo State, many high-flying hotels, night-clubs as well as event and recreation centres have sprung up with a 103 percent increment in their growth rate.
“The growth experienced is a result of the enabling environment created by the state government.
“We are out to sensitise businesses in Oyo State about the need to be up to date in the payment of taxes and other levies,’’ he said.
Arulogun said the growth recorded in the industry ought to manifest in the revenue generation of government as well.
“We have gone round, most of them are behind in terms of payment and we are giving them some time to pay up or be sanctioned,’’ he said.
Mr Dare Akinleye, the Manager of Platinum Club and Lounge, commended the state government for the massive infrastructure being put in place across the state.
“We commend government for the massive infrastructural development in the state. These achievements have accelerated development.
“ We have paid our dues up to date and this is because of the tremendous achievements of the present government in the state,’’ he said.