It appears the Nigerian government is finding it difficult to comply with its own rules.

At a time the government is bullish on tax compliance, some of its agencies are dragging their feet in paying their fair share.

A perfect case is the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC which has come under the hammer in Bayelsa for refusing to pay tax.

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On Monday the Bayelsa Board of Internal Revenue was compelled to seal off the office of NDDC in Yenagoa over alleged non-remittance of 168 million naira Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax liability.

Reports say the building was earlier sealed off in June 2017 when the liability was 336 million naira, with the NDDC paying half of the sum leaving the balance unpaid.

The Director of Compliance, Mr Robert Lokoson, who led the enforcement team, said the government was compelled to act following the failure of the NDDC to keep to the agreement to offset the debt in two instalments.

“Sometime in June 2017, the board was forced to levy a warrant of distrain (order of court to compel payment) on NDDC in view of a tax debt for 2008-2014 totaling 336 million naira.

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“Following the intervention by stakeholders and a meeting between the board and the NDDC, we graciously suspended distrain with provision that the liability will be cleared in two tranches of 168 million naira within two months.

“Sadly, after the first tranche was paid in July 2017, the NDDC has refused to clear the last tranche of 168 million naira five months later.

“It is this intransigent attitude that has compelled the board to re-levy the distrain and recover the outstanding 168 million naira,” Lokoson explained.

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