By Adejumo Kabir
The Osun State Internal Revenue Service today closed down the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife over N1.8 billion tax debt to Osun State government.
Officials of the state revenue agency after led by Oladipo Babatunde said they are in the university to enforce a court order to seal the school.
The IRS sealed the university Senate Building, Administrative Block , the Bursary Department and the university main gate which has interrupted easy flow of vehicles and registration of fresh students who resumed on Monday.
It would be recalled that the state government had earlier issued seven days ultimatum to the companies accused of owing the state government well over N12.5 billion as un-remitted taxes.
Briefing newsmen in Osogbo, Special Adviser on Tax Matters to Osun State governor, Mr. Gbenga Akano said “several meetings have been held with affected organisations, but it has been a continuous imperviousness and indebtedness. We are left with no option than to openly mention some tax defaulters who failed to perform their civic responsibilities.
“We are serious about getting every kobo owed Osun State. The government is doing its best to meet the yawning of the people. We need money to do more. We are not asking for extra. But what is legitimately due to us in taxes must be given to us.”
The defaulters include; NTA lle-Ife, N6, 734,886, Globacom Nigeria Ltd, N7,600,595, O.A.U, N1,844,770, Sammya Nigeria Ltd, N5,002,567, Wetland Construction Nigeria limited, N 8,686,336, 9Mobile, N882,458,475.
However, all efforts to reach the university management proved abortive as the Vice Chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede and the University Spokesman, Abiodun Olanrewaju refused to answer calls and text messages sent to them.
Meanwhile, the university Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun confirmed that the university is presently under lock.
“The university is under lock but am not in position to speak except the PRO”
Meanwhile, report indicated that the authority of OAU has allegedly removed the seals of Osun internal revenue service placed on the main entrance of the institution and other parts of the university as a result of tax evasion, withholding of taxes and development levies.