Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Contrary to allegations of massive racketeering at the Anambra State Motor Licensing Office and migration of revenues from vehicle registrations to Imo State, the state revenue service says data from Joint Tax Board shows that Anambra ranks highest in revenues generated from road taxes in the South-East geo-political zone.
The State Internal Revenue Service revealed that it was absolutely wrong for anyone to claim that Anambra was facing capital flights due to migration of businesses to Imo and other South-East states.
Chairman of the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, Dr. David Nzekwu, who set the records right in an interview with our correspondent in Awka, explained that the information published by the Joint Tax Board and also contained on the website of the National Bureau of Statistics showed that the half-year analysis for road taxes in 2020 placed Anambra state in the forefront.
Nzekwu said, “As at the half-year analysis which has been concluded and published by the Joint Tax Board, you will see the ranking of each state. That will show you that Anambra state is doing double of Imo State. How can somebody say that Anambra business is being taken to Imo state? The figures do not reflect such comments.
“In Imo state, the half-year report in terms of road tax for the year 2020 is one hundred and seventy-one million while Anambra is three hundred and fifty million. That’s a double of Imo state. How can somebody say that Anambra people are going to Imo state to pay their road taxes?
“Enugu state is at two hundred and eighty-five million, Abia state is one hundred and eighteen million and Ebonyi state is two hundred and twenty-six million for road taxes as published by the Joint Tax Board which is the agency that collates and publishes the performance of every state in Nigeria and this figure is also available at the National Bureau of Statistics for verification.”
The AIRS boss maintained that he was not aware of any form of racketeering at the motor licensing office especially that which involved moving Anambra business to neighbouring Imo state.
He also noted that it was not possible for anyone to make payments without being able to trace it because the payment process has been standardized such that the individual makes such transactions with his Anambra State Social Service Identity Number (ANSSID Number).
He said, “It beats my imagination that in 2020 somebody will say ‘computer ate their money.’ How is that possible?”
The revenue boss however made it clear that the Anambra State Motor Registry has not approved any licensing agent, pointing out that there are some jobbers who don’t work for the government but hover around looking for unsuspecting citizens to prey upon.
He said such characters were not staff of the Board of Internal Revenue and that individuals should be vigilant and go directly to government in order not to fall victim to the wiles of licensing agents.