An international human activist and political commentator popularly known as Da Zion Umoh has ordered for the immediate opening of Tilapia Island which was locked down by the Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service, AKIRS.
AKIRS sealed off Tilapia Island, a popular recreational centre in Abak Local Government Area over unpaid taxes allegedly running into N13.3million.
The premises under the supervision of the Executive Director of AKIRS , Mr Leo Leo Umanah was sealed off on Tuesday 16th July, after the State Government Agency had acquired an exparte order tagged ” Notice of distrain ” from the Akwa Ibom State High Court, Abak Division ordering that access to the premises and its facilities be restricted.
Da Zion who is based in Texas reacted to this on his official facebook account (@Da Zion Umoh) stating that the Akwa Ibom State Government should be careful not to make imposition of taxes on businesses hinder development and economic progressive of the state.
According to Zion, N13.3 million is too outrageous for a business firm that has barely existed for 3years. He further suspected that the tax tariff on Tilapia Island has a political undertone.
Da Zion wrote :
“Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service is against the Development of Akwa Ibom State by stopping private companies from coming into Akwa Ibom State.
It has just been brought to my notice that Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Services is demanding the sum of 13.3 million Naira from Tilapia Island Resort, Abak for the period of 2016 to 2017 and Tilapia Island Resort was established in September 2016 and this company is not up to 3 years old.
That land were Tilapia is sighted at was a camp for Robbery, Kidnapping and other crimes and Akwa Ibom State Government did nothing to eliminate or reduce the crime at that place upon request.
I think the people needs to rise on their feet and challege the Government and Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service to tell us where they came up with the figures because they can’t be slamming People’s with 13.3 million Naira because I doubt if Tilapia Island Resort made sales worth 130.3 Million Naira between 2016 to 2017 to pay them the sum of 13.3 Million Naira if the tax was 10%.
Tilapia Island Resort is own by a PDP man but we must not keep quiet about this because our businesses could be next”.
Zion Umoh has ordered the State Government to open up Tilapia Resort Island and other hotels that were sealed off by AKIRS. He requests that the alleged tax tariff should be cut down to aide smooth running of business activities.