A private Radio Station in Ekiti State 104.1 FM has raised the alarm over an alleged decision by the state government to shut it down.
The Head of Station Layi Oyawa stated in a release that the State Agency was demanding a sum of N175 million for Promotional materials and the bill was dated February 11, 2019. According to Oyawa, the basis for the alleged plan to shut down the station by the goverment could not be ascertained.
The statement said“Today, we also received a letter from the State Board of Internal Revenue, giving us 24 hours to comply with the payment of N175 million “Signage Fee.” We never received any letter from the government other than these two.
The Head of Station equally pointed out no advertisement has been done outside the station to incur a signage fee since its operation in January 1, 2019 and has maintained a high level of professionalism.
“Also, assuming but not conceding that we made external advertisements, how on earth can a radio station that has operated for less than two months incur N175 million Signage Fee?
Oyawa has therefore implored that the station be left alone to continue in carrying out its responsibilities with the aim of meeting up with any demands made by the government as regards taxes.
By Todimu Ogunade….
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