Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has appealed to the Nigeria immigration Service to furnish the state government with the statistics of expatriates working in the state for effective taxation.
Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday, when he granted audience to the Rivers State Controller of Immigration, Governor Wike said that most expatriates working in the state deliberately evade taxation.
He said that foreign companies in the state usually conceal information on the number of their foreign personnel, making it difficult for the State Revenue Service to collect the legal taxes.
The Governor noted that a partnership between the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Rivers State Internal Revenue Service would go a long way to improving the state revenue base.
He said: “We need the support of the Nigeria Immigration Service on the number of expatriates working in the state.
“This information is vital to our revenue drive because most of the foreign companies working in the state deliberately give the state government inaccurate information on the number of foreigners working for them”.
Speaking further, the governor urged the Nigeria Immigration Service to step up security measures to stop suspected terrorist and illegal immigrants from filtering in the state.
According to him, the international nature of terrorism, requires the Nigeria Immigration Service to be on top of the situation at all times.
In his remarks, Rivers State Comptroller of Immigration Services, Mr. Aminu Yarima commended Governor Wike for improving the security of the state.