Multiple taxation, harsh business environment may force Mobil out of Calabar

Mobil Production Nigeria Unlimited says it is on the verge of packing out of Calabar, the capital of Cross River State owing to multiple taxation, high rates and harsh economic environment.

The manager, Mobile Filling Stations in Calabar Mr. Michael Iwok disclosed this in an interview with our reporter on Thursday concerning business environment and other related issues.

He said that business activities in the state was becoming too dull for the company to operate and that it was adversely affecting their four operational Filling Stations in the capital ostensibly caused by high rate of taxation, poor business environment and that Mobil was making plans to close up business in Calabar.

” the business environment is becoming hostile. Taxes are too high, and duplication of charges”. “As I speak with you now, we have fourteen demand notices. We do not know anything about some of these demand notices and before you know it, you are served with court notice”, Iwok said.

“We are finding it difficult to operate in this tough environment and when the business environment becomes unbearable the only option left for the company is to pack out.

“Our four Filling stations in the town are doing badly in business and you can understand why we are taking this move”.

The Executive Chairman Board of Internal Revenue Service (BIRS), Mr. Akpanke Ogar and Director of Information were not in the office when our reporter called to confirm the authenticity of this report from Mobil Production Nigeria Unlimited.

However, a source at the Internal Revenue Service told our reporter that some of the taxes listed by Mobile were partly from Calabar Municipal Local Government Council and Calabar South Local Government Area Council respectively. There are business premises rates, operational permits rates and that environmental pollution tax was from the Board.


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