ABSG To Withdraw Suit Against MOUAU, Over Non-payment Of Taxes

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The Abia State government has promised to withdraw the suit it instituted against the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, MOUAU, over alleged non-remittance of Pay As You Earn, PAYE, tax, to the state.

The state Board of Internal Revenue, BIR, had two years ago, filed a suit against the University over alleged unremitted PAYE tax.

Governor Alex Otti, who pledged while receiving the management team of the university who came on a courtesy call on him, promised to direct the State Board of Internal Revenue to discontinue the legal action against the University.

He assured that the matter would be withdrawn for an out-of-court settlement for the state and the university to look into it for final resolution.

He said; “There is no way we as a government would take you to court. Since it is something that predates us, we are going to look into it and discontinue it. It doesn’t make sense.

‘’I will instruct the Chairman of the BIR to discontinue the suit. There is nothing we cannot sit down and resolve.”

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By Abia ThinkTank

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