… Urges Veterinary to pay up tax
Akinlabi Afolabi, Ibadan
The Oyo State Government under the leadership of Engr Seyi Makinde is set to renovate all veterinary clinic in the state.
This was made known by the Hon Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon Ojemuyiwa Ojekunle who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Saidat Bolatumi Oloko during a stakeholders meeting of all operators and those planning to operate Veterinary held at the State Veterinary Clinic in Mokola, Ibadan.
The meeting which was attended by vet doctors in the state was to deliberate on the importance of paying some charges by vet doctors to the state government in order to enable a more conducive working environment for Veterinary Doctors.
“All aspects of agriculture is set to be brought back to life by the current administration as all veterinary clinics in the state have been approved for renovations. The State Government under the leadership of Engr Seyi Makinde want the best for everyone and with our support, a lot of good things are about to fall on the good people of Oyo State. ”
Also speaking on the issue of taxation and charges to be paid by the vet doctors, the representative of the commissioner charged the doctors to ensure that they give all support for the current administration in the state.
She added that the discussion is meant for deliberation and rubbing of minds by the state government and the vet doctors to know what is right and what is wrong.
“Today stakeholders meeting is to deliberate on the issue of veterinary department so as to know what to be done to ensure that over-taxation did not occur and as well as listening to all stakeholders and invite them again to discuss. ”
Dr Bolaji Olaomo, President of Association of Private Veterinary medical Practitioners in Oyo State, called on the state government to consider the fact that the tax they are expected to pay are already embedded in the gazette that set up veterinary practice and registration in the country.
“To the demand notices being circulated by the Oyo State govt, we felt we are being overcharged because, before you are qualified to be a vet and recognized by the Veterinary Council of Nigeria, we have a lot of dues we paid to the Federal govt and before you get recognized in the state, we pay as well, before you get your premises recognize, there are some fees you will pay to both state and federal Govt. ”
He added that veterinary practice is a social responsibility and the Government should consider all these charges being already embedded.