The Katsina State Urban and Regional Planning Board (KURPB), has threatened to seal 150 sites belonging to Glo telecommunications in the state for allegedly default in the payment of tenement rates to the government.
Alhaji Abdulmumini Usman, the KURPB’s Secretary, issued the threat on Wednesday after a visit to one of such sites operating in Katsina metropolis.
“At any moment, the board will use its powers to seal the 150 Glo sites where the company erected its masks across the state over non payment of the rates,” he said.
The secretary, however, did not disclose the amount involved.
Usman noted that such taxes were part of the state government’s sources of internally generated revenue which would not be neglected.
“We were not out to embarrass anybody; our concern is to apply the relevant laws to make sure that revenue accrual to the state are genuinely collected,” he said.
He, therefore, advised other organisations with outstanding payments to the government to settle them in good time to avoid sanction.
Usman said the revenue drive would also assist to improve the living conditions of the people through the provision of amenities.
The tenement rates are taxes paid by landlords or occupiers of buildings or pieces of lands to government as part of its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
When contacted, some officials of the company declined comments.