16 August 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Rivers State Internal Revenue Services, has issued the Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC, 24 hours ultimatum to pay up taxes owed the state government or face sanctions.
SweetcrudeReports gathered that activities at the refinery were disrupted following the visit of the Rivers State internal Revenue Services, RIRS, taskforce team to the company.
Leader of RIRS tax enforcement team, Mr. Manson Endeboh, told newsmen that the Port Harcourt refinery owes the state government tax running up to billions of Naira.
Endeboh warned that the refinery premises will be sealed off if the management of the company failed to comply to the ultimatum.
According to him, “Last three weeks, we were here to meet with the management of the refinery. The MD was part of that meeting and assured us that they are going to communicate Abuja and will get back to us the following week.
“So, we are giving them a 24-hour ultimatum to pay up what they are owing the Rivers State government since 2010 till now. It’s over N10 billion.”
The leader of the RIRS taskforce also frowned at the attitude of security personnel who had stopped the tax force team from gaining access into the refinery premises.