By Festus Fifen
The Nigeria Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has raised concerns over increase in cases of fake revenue collectors within the territory
This is happening at a time when the administration is making all efforts to curb the menace of multiple taxation thereby increasing the ease of doing business in the nation’capital.
The Director, Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage in the FCT, Dr Baba-Gana Adam while briefing newsmen in abuja stated that if the impostors are left unchecked, it will jeopardize all the administration’s efforts to boost revenue generation.
Mr. Adam warned residents especially big business owners to steer clear of fraudsters that feign to be officials of FCT Adminstration, DOAS, Abuja Municipal Area Council and FCT-IRS collecting tax.
He disclosed that the department recently arrested a fake revenue collectors’ kingpin, identified as Donald Amagbo but after he had begged for forgiveness, and was released with his men few months ago, they have resurfaced.
“Within the span of 24 hours yesterday, more than 10 business owners in the FCT called me to complain about harassment by the impostors within the city, which is against advert law.
“They established themselves as another agency within strategic places in AMAC and carry out a lot of sad events”
The director called on Abuja residents and big business owners to only pay their revenue to the genuine government designated offices, not to touts on the roads.
“Any person that do business with unscrupulous elements in the name of paying revenue, does that at his or her risk.
“We have discovered extortions by touts masquerading as agents of the Federal Capital Territory and asked them to steer clear but they don’t want to steer clear. We won’t give up till the right thing is done”
Adam urged the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of Federal Capital Territory Administration signage bill that will make DOAS full agency.
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