Claims made by the State Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, that the reported 180,000 fumigation and sanitation levies imposed on hostel owners in Imo State, is illegal and does not have the endorsement of the state government, have been countered by Femierai Resources Limited, a firm contracted to handle the fumigation.
Recall that Emelumba also claimed the state government would arrest and prosecute those behind the levy, and insisted the revenue firm did not pay into Imo State’s Single Treasury Account, but in reaction, Uchenna Erobiri, Managing director of the firm who displayed a letter of authority from the office of the governor empowering Femierai Resources Limited to undertake the fumigation of all the hostels in the state, said Emelumba was wrong to have stated that they are doing illegal revenue drive, insisting that Emelumba acted as one not conversant with the state of the revenue drive in Imo.
According to Erobiri, the company also paid money into the state TSA, apart from signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state government to fumigate all hostels in the state.
He added, “the state Commissioner for Information cannot declare us illegal because we have a letter of authority from the office of the state governor to undertake the fumigation of all the hostels in Imo State. We have also made huge financial commitment into the Imo State Treasury Account. This is the bank teller where in we made the payment.
“What we are doing is constitutional and it is legal. It is important to state that fumigation is service oriented and not consolidated revenue. This is a copy of a law enacted in 2008 and amended in 2019 by Imo State House of Assembly which states that every hostel in the state must be fumigated quarterly.
“So, what we are doing is legal. We are going on with what we are doing because we have met all the constitutional requirements and we also have a letter of authority from the office of the governor empowering us to carry out the fumigation of all the hostels in the state and it’s for just for a period of one year.”