Piqued by their non-compliance with revenue and environmental laws, no fewer than 25 companies operating in Akwa Ibom have been sealed-off by the state Government.
The companies, including construction giant, Julius Berger; NigerPet Construction, Unity Bank; Wizchino Engineering and others were sealed-off after they were found to have ran foul of the enabling revenue laws in the state.
The shutting down of the business premises of the revenue defaulters were carried out by personnel from the State Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources in conjunction with the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Consultant.
Speaking on the development, IGR Consultant to the State, Mr. Eyo Bassey, said the step became necessary as a result of increasing default witnessed on the part of the affected firms.
Bassey explained that institutions and various organisations that have complied by responding to government notices are however, not affected.
He said that though the exercise is meant to protect the environment for the attainment of green and clean energy in the state, its primary enforcement, he said; is meant to improve internally generated revenue and aid government in its disposal of its basic services that are critical to the public.
The initiative, apart from creating more revenue for government to increase infrastructural development and meet the provision of basic social amenities to Akwa Ibom residents, Bassey said it would also help to reduce adverse climate change effect arising from indiscriminate emission of green house gases into the atmosphere.
He stated that indiscriminate emission of green house have been found to be increasingly harmful to society.
Enforcement authorities led by the team leader, Mr. Godwin Ekpo and backed by a detachment of law enforcement personnel have said the development will be a continuous exercise and has urged the public to comply with the demands of government.