From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
Osun State Government on Tuesday, 29th April, 2014, threatened to confisticate the masts based stations of the mobile telecommunication operator, MTN over its failure to pay the right of way permit fees due to the state government to the tune of N399,409,800.00.
The base stations had on 7th April, 2014 been distrained by the officials of Osun State Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but later released two days after following the intervention of Mr. Emmanuel Seton, one of the top management of the communication outfit.
The Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Dayo Oyebanji in a standing order statement released, copy of which was made avialble to journalists in Osogbo said that the state government will be forced to shut the services of the company in the state following the failure of the organization to pay the outstanding right of way permit fees.
The revenue service lamented that the organization has reneged on its promises to pay the permit fees on or before 8th April 2014.
The revenue boss who drew the attention of the management of MTN to the assessment bill with reference number HW01/MT/09/66 dated 19th February, 2014 and the notice from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) dated 26th March, 2014 in respect of the outstanding payment of right of way permit on the optic fibre operation in the state.
The letter reads thus, “please be informed that e issue of non-payment consistuted one of the reasons why we distrained five of your mast base stations in our state on 7th April, 2014 which were released on 9th of April, 2014 based on the mutual understanding with Mr Samuel Seton during our meeting of 8th April, 2014 that the payment should be effected on or before Thursday, 15th April, 2014.
“We therefore wish to express our disappointment on the failure of your organisation to fulfil your civic responsibility in respect of this payment despite several demand notices.
“In this regard, we are therefore left with no other option than to confisticate your base stations in our state provided we do not receive payment on or before the close of business on Friday 25th April, 2014 to the coffer of the state government”.