Anambra ex-governor, Obi, appears before tax office in Onitsha

Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday appeared before the Onitsha Office of the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (Tax office).

  Obi was summoned by Mrs Nwakpudolu Juliet, the Chief Tax Officer coordinating GRA Phase 2 Onitsha as a Senior Business Manager.

 Obi entered the tax office with his Media Adviser, Mr. Valentine Obienyem.

  Confirming the visit at the tax office amidst heavy down pour at 10am, Obi said that he was summoned to appear before the tax office at  10:00am hence he had to come from Lagos to Onitsha to meet up the appointment.

  When probed on his feelings on the invitation, Obi said, “Nothing to worry. As a citizen, I can visit any office in the country, including those in my state when I have issues to sort out."

  He even commended the conduct of the chief tax officer whom he said was polite and did her duties professionally.

  Besides, Obi said that he was asked to show his six years tax clearance which this newspaper sighted the receipts totaling N205 million.

  “I am happy the professional way Juliet conducted herself. It was a first class conduct and this is the kind of person that every international organization should hire. I am sure she was not anticipating that I will  answer her summon. But as a good citizen who knows the importance of taxation for government to operate,  I honoured her summon.

  “I wish other people could  be like her in attending to clients and tax payers the professional way she attended to me."

  On the issue of tax evasion, Anambra State former Governor, Obi appealed to citizens to pay their taxes regularly, lamenting that those evading tax are shortchanging the people and government because government can only do great work for the masses when citizens pay taxes.

He however appealed to  government to ensure smaller businesses are not crippled by tax as over burdening of smaller businesses kills them. He said wealthy people should be encouraged to pay taxes adequately. 

  Mrs Nwakpudolu, who confirmed the invitation, said that her office requested evidence of payment of taxes in the last six years from the former governor.

  She said that the government of Chief Willie Obiano was doing a great developmental work hence the taxes were needed to support him, thus informing the invitation to  prominent citizens like Obi.

  Obi came with evidence of payment for the last 20 years and left the assessor regretting that she would have easily met her N80 million target for the year if Obi had paid such huge amounts he paid yearly to her office rather than Enugu State.

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