Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christians Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev Tor Uja, says doing business with the commission requires doing the right thing the right way without necessarily knowing somebody.
Uja said this at the second phase of bid opening and evaluation, which held at the Commission’s headquarters on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that the commission would collaborate with the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPC), to ensure that people who do bids pay appropriate application fees.
The executive secretary decried the non payment of tax by foreign ground handlers and air carriers to the government.
“We want Nigeria and Nigerians to set up a process of doing the right thing the right way which is a creed of NCPC that we have set up.
“Let the countries who are doing business with Nigeria through us pay tax, let them be formally registered, let them have proper addresses and location where we can verify their operations.
“Let them also be accountable to us of what we are demanding from them, we want them to pay their dues to us as we pay them our own commitments,” he said.
Rev. Uja noted that the due process must be followed properly without missing everything stipulated in the law.
According to him, many of the people who are doing business in Nigeria who have made millions of dollars don’t even pay one Naira as tax in Nigeria.
“Many of the ground handlers don’t pay one Naira tax, either to us or to the government or to anywhere, but the government is paying millions of dollars every year for foreign services.
“You cannot go from Nigeria and do any business even if it is a legitimate business without been formally registered and paying proper tax to the foreign governments.
“We decided that we must stop the trampling on Nigeria and at least where we are in charge let the correct thing be done, Uja added.
The NCPC boss said that only two ground handlers and one air carrier out of two dozens that applied met the requirements stipulated in the 2007 Public Procurement Act (PPA).
Journalists reports that the ground handlers that met the requirements were Sunway Tours and Jekans Travels, Tailor Made while the air carrier was Atlas Jet.
Uya also said that the Commission would organise workshops to train ground handlers and air carriers to ensure they know what they are expected to do.