The Gombe State Government has sealed premises of one of the major oil marketers, Oando, over nonpayment of the statutory ground rent to the state.
It said that the premises was sealed after Oando exhausted the statutory duration stipulated by law for payment of tax by any firm that was found to had defaulted in it’s responsibility.
After sealing the premises on Monday, the Director-General of Gombe Geographical Information System (GOGIS), Dr Kabiru Hassan, stressed that the premises would only be re-opened when the government had certified that the operators have paid their taxes and the fine imposed for late payment.
Hassan, who supervised the closure during the Agency’s “Operation produce your title document”, said that the exercise was to ensure that property owners perfect their land document with the state government.
In continuation of the Agency’s activities to ensure the papers of property owners in the state were up to date, the Director-General led some staff to continue with the exercise and have toured the State to demand title documents of some buildings facilities, Including fuel stations, Schools, and hotels in the State.
Some of the commercial areas visited include, An-Noor General Motors, Alh Muhammad Aliyu Plaza, Salida Ventures Ltd, Cyclic Energy Limited, Kaisan Oil & Gas Ltd, Modibbo Global Service LtD
Also during the exercise, the following hotels are visited; Rainbow Hotel Gombe, Dakrim Guest House Ltd, Emerson Guest House, Wamlara Hotel and Appartment, Runko Quest Inn.
Other include, Tumfure Resort, Marquis hotel & Apartment, Madi memorial Hospital, Signpo hotel
La Bridges Hotel,!Kestho Hotel, Dan Arewa Luxury suites, Yawunde Guest Inn and Yahaya Ahmad Memorial Academy, Among others.
The Agency urged other commercial areas in the state to comply with the its mandate to pay their annual ground rent, as it contributes to the generation of internal revenue which the state developmental projects are carried out