Enugu State government has eyes set on the cash and they can do anything to have it in its coffers.

That is why it has sealed no fewer than five hotels in the state due to huge debts.

The State’s Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) carried out the exercise in the city on Wednesday.

The hotels are Nondon Hotel, Allen Suites, Villa Toscana, Filbon Hotel and Hotel Codial, which allegedly owed about 6.6 billion naira to the state government in taxes.

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Officials of the BIR swooped on the premises of the affected hospitality outfits on Wednesday and shut down their operations.

The Chairman of the board, Mr Emeka Odo said that the affected hotels had been recalcitrant in fulfilling their tax obligations to the state government.

He said that the debts were owed between 2011 and 2016, adding that government was poised at recovering all debts owed it by businesses in the state.

The chairman said that the BIR would embark on intensive revenue drive from the first quarter of 2018, adding that tax evasion and avoidance would no longer be tolerated.

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Odo said that the creativity of the state governor was enough to encourage residents and enterprises in the state to discharge their civic responsibilities.

He noted that accruals of the state government from the federal allocation would not be enough to deliver meaningful projects, adding that government relied mostly on IGR.

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