Building material company threatens shutdown over taxes

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Taxes: Emenite threaten to shut down
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AN Enugu State based company that specializes in the manufacture of roofing sheets and ceiling boards has bemoaned the imposition of multiple taxes from different government agencies in the state.

During a tour Thursday by the Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Commerce and Industry of the premises of the Emenite Company Ltd, the Managing Director, lamented that company was considering shutting down its facilities due to the taxes. 

The Head of Human Resources, Mrs. Comfort Ibeh, who represented the Managing Director during the visit of the lawmakers, said that, “if nothing was done about it, the company would have no option than to shut down its operations in the state.”

She thanked the lawmakers for the visit and urged them to appeal to the government to reduce the multiple taxes levied on the company.

According to her, the visit was an indication of the cordial relationship between the company and the state government.

The committee chairman, Mr. Innocent Ugwu, promised to provide an enabling ground that would enhance their operations.

Ugwu, the representative of Igboeze-North II in the House of Assembly, said that providing an enabling ground would ensure that the industry operated at optimum capacity that would improve the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, (IGR).

The committee chairman, who described Emenite as the ‘symbol’ of the state, vowed to renew the relationship between the assembly and the company to enable it initiate bills and motions that would assist its operations.

The lawmaker representing Awgu South constituency, Mr. Johnson Chukwuobasi noted that the visit afforded the committee opportunity to suggest better ways to industrialise the state.

Chukwuobasi also urged the company to create job opportunities for unemployed youths in the state.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the company was established in 1961 by the then Governor of Eastern Region, the late Dr Michael Okpara.

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