A committee in the House of Representatives  has resolved to invite Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nenadi Usman, Steve Oronsaye and Jonah Otunla over alleged forged tax certificates. This was made known by Chairman House Committee on Public Procurement, Oluwole Oke during its recent findings of tax evasion by companies.

The
committee on Tuesday threatened to handover some companies involved in
the procurement of pre-shipment inspection contracts, who allegedly
forged tax certificates, to anti-graft agencies for prosecution.

The lawmakers also resolved to invite all permanent secretaries of the ministry of finance since 1999 till date.

“They
are to come and defend themselves and let us know the various roles
they played within the period of their stewardship. The essence of this
invitation is to enable the investigative hearing have a balance
position on all issues
,” Oluwole Oke, said.

Oke,
who warned against appointment of portfolio contractors by various
Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, decried the level of evasion
of taxes.

It’s alarming that a
company that collected a contract of $120 million only to pay N20,000 as
tax to Federal Government, to say the least this is annoying and those
are the things this investigative hearing is trying to right.

“We
have documents submitted by companies that are in total variance with
what FIRS, BPP, NSITF, PenCom and ITF gave us and you all know that our
children and sibblings benefit from ITF and if the right amount is not
paid how will they get trained.

“Henceforth we will not hesitate to handover such companies to anti-graft agencies,” he said.

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