Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has issued a stern warning to all individuals and groups engaging in reckless levy collection within the state without proper authorization. He emphasized that immediate cessation of these activities is imperative, or the culprits will face the repercussions.
Governor Uzodimma emphasized that his administration will no longer tolerate actions that tarnish the state’s reputation. He expressed deep concern about reports detailing instances where individuals, groups, and even political appointees exploit the public by posing as task forces to collect illicit levies and impose unlawful fines.
The Governor reiterated that the exclusive body responsible for legitimate levy, penalty, and revenue collection for the Imo State government is the Imo State Internal Revenue Service (IIRS).
He cautioned that anyone discovered engaging in further unauthorized collections, irrespective of their status, will be held accountable. Even political appointees are not exempt from this warning.
Governor Uzodimma specifically highlighted several sectors where the problem of unauthorized levy collection has escalated. These include the haulage and trucking industry (both during the day and at night), daily ticketing practices in parks and markets, and efforts to apprehend transportation and traffic violators.
Governor Uzodimma has directed the concerned ministries and agencies to immediately cease any unauthorized levy, penalty, or fee collection. He stressed that individuals or groups, including political appointees, who choose to defy his directive and persist in these illicit activities will face serious consequences. The Governor firmly stands against these actions that undermine the state’s integrity.