Academic activities in Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) were affected on Wednesday after officials of the Benue State Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) sealed some offices over unremitted tax issues.

The Vice Chancellor, Registrar and the Bursar of the University had their offices sealed on Wednesday by the agency over 2.3 billion Naira unremitted Personal Income Tax (PIT).

The BIRS Chairman, Mrs Mimi Adzape-Orubibi, led the enforcement team to the university and sealed the offices.

Mrs Adzape-Orubibi told reporters that the board had no option but to honour a Makurdi High Court order to seal the institution over the non-remittance of the funds.

“BIRS got an interim order to seal off FUAM because it failed to remit 2.3 billion Naira PAYE that it deducted between 2007 and 2011.

“Also, there are cases where the university deducts less than what the law stipulates. The university will now pay about 3 billion Naira, including penalties and interest,” she stated.

She said that Governor Samuel Ortom was committed to uplifting the standard of education in the state, but regretted that the decision to seal the institution had become imperative.

She expressed regret that the tax problem had been on for a long period.

Reacting to the closure, the ASUU Acting Chairman, Mr Bemgba Anjembe, regretted that workers’ PAYE was deducted monthly from staff salary while they were denied tax clearance certificates.

Meanwhile, students of the university besieged the BIRS office on Gboko Road, Makurdi, to protest the closure.