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AMAC REVENUE: IGNORE FCT-IRS DEMAND NOTICE, AMAC BOSS TO RESIDENTS

The executive chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Hon Christopher Zakka Maikalangu, has described as illegal, the purported plans by the Federal Capital Territory, Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) to usurp the collection of all revenues, constitutionally earmarked for the council against the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

While expressing his displeasure over the development during a press briefing at the council’s secretariat recently, Maikalangu revealed that there was no evidence to show where such agreement was sealed for the council to relinquish its constitutional responsibility of revenue collection to the FCT-IRS.

He clarified that the purported Akure Workshop Communique was not an agreement but a mere Workshop Communique.

Represented by the Supervisory Councilor for Special Duties, Hon Emmanuel Inyang, the AMAC Chairman expressed that it is illegal for the FCT IRS to go about issuing ‘Demand Notice’ to AMAC business premises and even the development levy without the consent or any verifiable agreement with the council. He reiterated that the area council is guided by the provisions of the constitution and extant laws.

The AMAC boss enjoined residents and business owners of Abuja Municipal Area Council to ignore the so-called ‘FCT-IRS Demand Notice’ and cautioned that anyone who goes ahead making any payments to the FCT IRS is doing so at his own peril, as the constitutionally-mandated AMAC officials would still come to demand for payment.

Maikalangu further appealed to the security agencies to quickly call the FCT IRS to order, so as to forestall any form of anarchy and in-fighting between the FCT-IRS and AMAC technical partners, who are already in the field doing the needful for the council.

He however, reminded the agency that there is an existing court judgement barring the Executive Chairman of AMAC from delegating the constitutional responsibility of the council on revenue collection to any government agency.

He enjoined residents to continue to be law-abiding and not to hesitate to draw the attention of the council on any anomaly observed from tax collectors as according to him, “no agency is above the law”.

It would be recalled that during a recent townhall meeting organized by the FCT-IRS to undertake feasibility of revenue harmonization in FCT, Hon Christopher addressed the press shortly after his speech and made it known that although he is not against the policy, but insisted that it should be done with a human face by taking into cognizance, legislative and legal frameworks by relevant authorities, and also in phases, with proper engagement of stakeholders.

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