Oyo Government Imposes Security Levies
Churches, mosques and other business organizations in Oyo state have been notified on Tuesday by Governor Abiola Ajimobi that they would start paying security taxes.
The state government explained that the levies would be used to generate funds to assist security agencies in the state.
The levies, which is in different categories, were contained in flyers made available to journalists at an emergency meeting organized by the state government which was held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan on Tuesday.
Present at the meeting were the state commissioner of police, Abiodun Odude; representatives of the GOC of 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Odogbo Ibadan; police area commanders, DSS, Customs, NSCDC, NDLEA, chief executive officers of banks and representatives of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria.
The flyers show that religious bodies in class A are expected to pay N60,000 while manufacturing and services in category A are to pay N100,000 annually.
The approved levies for class A (Large) in the manufacturing sector is N100,000 while class B (Medium) is N80,000 and class C (Small) is N60,000 annually.
The rest are those in the services. Class A are to pay N100,000, class B is N80,000 while class C will pay N60,000 annually.
Those in class A, trading, agriculture and forestry and solid minerals are to pay N80,000 while those in the classes B and C are to pay N50,000 and N30,000 respectively on a yearly basis.
Other religious bodies including churches and mosques were asked to pay N60,000, N40,000 and N20,000 for classes A, B and C respectively.
“This is to certify the general public that OYSSTF, in pursuance of its statutory function to continue to assist security agencies, is embarking on the implementation of the law (OYSSTF AMENDMENT LAW 2017) recently assented by His Excellency, Oyo State Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
“Further to the above, the board of trustees of OYSSTF in conjunction with relevant stakeholders, having held several consultations, town hall meetings and discussions preceding the commencement of the law, hereby informs the general public that in accordance with section 11 (4) of the Oyo state security trust fund law 2017 which empowers the government to impose levies and rates on “person” which include residents, individuals, associations and corporate bodies or firms domiciled in the state.”