In the quest to generate more revenue for the state government to complement dwindling allocation from the federation account so as to enable it continues with its various developmental projects and programmes to the citizenry, the ministry of culture, tourism and special duties has concluded arrangement to send out its task force as from next week Monday, 25th of January, 2016 to collect tourism related statutory levies.
The state commissioner for Culture, Tourism and Special Duties, Hon. Femi Adekanmbi disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen in his office, Alagbaka, Akure. Adekanmbi said government has constituted a task force to collect statutory revenue from the hoteliers, food vendors, beer sellers, eateries, travels, and tours agencies, parks, event centres and other tourism related organisations on a monthtly basis in order to make it easier and bearable for the payers.
He explained that first leg of the exercise would commence with the distribution of demand notice which would specify the rates to be paid both monthly and annually as it pleases the vendor. He added that enforcement would subsequently follow two weeks after the distribution of the demand notice. The commissioner, who charged the task force to be committed to the exercise, noted that all hands must be on deck to accelerate the revenue generation drive of the state government.
According to him, the present administration in Ondo State in the last seven years had done so much in terms of various life changing projects and programmes with a view to enhance socio-economic activities of the state, stressing that everybody must be alive to his civic responsibility by paying tax to the coffer of the government accordingly.
He enjoined all stakeholders in tourism industry to cooperate with the ministry in its quest to carry out this lawful assignment.
Media Manager, office of the state commissioner for information