The Nigeria Immigration Service has received a new petition. This time, it is from the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Civil Liberties Organisation on the allegation of tax evasion by some expatriates in Akwa Ibom State.

According to the CLO’s petition, these expatriates from Uganda, Kenya, and Benin working in the Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort, were said to have been working in the hotel without obtaining the necessary work permit.

The Chairman of the state CLO, Franklyn Isong, further revealed that the civil group acted on this information based on the credibility of the source disclosed as two management staff of the hotel.

The CLO’s petition was addressed to the NIS Comptroller through the Assistant Comptroller, Investigation and Compliance Unit, Mr. Effiong Usuk, on Wednesday 17th, 2021 at the NIS Secretariat, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The NIS should investigate the veracity of this allegation as continuous tax evasion may limit the government’s IGR drive

Background stories that led to the petition

Before the petition, In a letter addressed to the state chairman of CLO by the Director of Engineering and the Head, Leisure, and Entertainment of the Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort, Etuk Lawrence and Nkoyo Ekpo respectively, the expatriates allegedly did not have a work permit, therefore, had not remitted taxes to the state government.

The letter, according to him, mentioned the expatriates to include, Tobias Kasaija(Financial Controller/AGM) – Uganda; Alex Kidavi (Head F&B) Kenya; Adine Maina (CEO’s daughter) Kenya; Fred Maina (Group CEO) Kenya; and Yao (Head Chef) Benin Republic.

The aforementioned management staff of the hotel headed by the Chief Executive Officer, Fred Maina, according to the letter had not followed the laid down rules in the organisation, a development, it added had brewed disharmony among them and urged the CLO to quickly intervene.

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