The Oyo State Internal Revenue Service (OYSIRS) has said the offer of service by its Senior Management is voluntary and without any coercion.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Executive Chairman of the State Bureau of Internal Revenue, Aremo John Adeleke.
Aremo Adeleke, in the statement, noted that the attention of OYSIRS has been drawn to reports criticising its decision that its top Management Staff offer skeletal services to the public during the period of Government shutdown.
According to Aremo Adeleke, the decision was meant to ease public agony and inconveniences, especially in areas such as filing of tax returns by Companies; registration of new Vehicles; renewal of expired Vehicles documents; remittances of monthly PAYE and other due taxes, as well as any emergency requests for Tax clearance certificates.
The statement added that: “These are essential services which must be provided, remembering that unlike Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, Oyo State is not on total lockdown yet.”
It noted that it is obvious that the good intention of the BIR, which is aimed at helping the State cushion the effects of the COVID-19 emergency was being misinterpreted by a few, adding that important organs of Government, such as OYSIRS, cannot completely shut down even in times of crisis.
The statement added that it is also true that with the support of the Ministry of Finance, OYSIRS have made progress and made a difference in its attempt to re-engineer the process of revenue collection.
“We want to assure the entire citizenry of Oyo State, especially the families of our Senior Staff at OYSIRS, that the health and well-being of our Staff is paramount to us and we will not execute any policy that will put them in harms way now or in the future; we will continue to observe closely all issues regarding the present pandemic and religiously adhere to all directives of His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde and the COVID-19 Management Team in the State,” the statement added.
It, however, reassured all Management Staff of OYSIRS who have diligently been participating in offering the skeletal services to remain confident that their sweat will not go unnoticed.