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In order to shore up more revenue for government to increase infrastructural development and meet the provision of basic social amenities to Akwa Ibom residents, Internally Generated Revenue [IGR] Consultant in conjunction with the State Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, have swung into quick action and has embarked on strict enforcement of revenue laws on effluent discharge and pollution control across the state.
Primed to reduce adverse climate change effect arising from indiscriminate emission of green house gases into the atmosphere, these have been found to be increasingly harmful to society. Leading from unmitigated and unsafe industrial practices lending to the growing pollution of the environment, authorities have said the enforcement of the revenue law on indentified defaulters will help curb increased abuse of the environment by various industrial
concerns doing major businesses in the state.
With the effort intensified to boost the state revenue, and
following earlier public awareness raised on the said revenue development, no fewer than 25 corporate citizens cutting across construction, banking and financial
institutions and oil and gas firms found to have ran foul of the enabling revenue law have had their offices sealed-off by officials of the government.
Affected organizations, including construction giant, Julius Berger at the point of the seal-off of its dock-yard at Itam, were seen negotiating for some form of reprieve from the enforcers but, enforcement authorities said it was a reprimand for their continuous default of the law.
Other firms found to have acted in clear default of the law including NigerPet Construction, Unity Bank and Wizchino Engineering among other affected corporate citizens also had their premises sealed-off as part of the enforcement regime brought about by the sweeping Internal Revenue Service (IRS) action.
Speaking with News men at his office to explain the enforcement action, IGR Consultant to the State, Mr. Eyo Bassey said the step became necessary as a result of
increasing default witnessed on the part of the affected firms. He said institutions and various organizations that have complied by responding to government notices are however, not affected.
Stressing that though the exercise is meant to protect the environment for the attainment of green and clean energy in the state, its primary enforcement, he however said; is meant to improve internally generated revenue and aid government in its disposal of its basic services that are critical to the public.
Enforcement authorities led by the team leader, Mr. Godwin Ekpo and backed by a detachment of law enforcement personnel have said the development will be a continuous exercise and has urged the public to comply with the demands of government.