By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun and Ogun State Governments are at loggerhead over the collection of tax from the Dangote quarry site.
The quarry is operating between Osun and Ogun State border.
The Chairman, Osun State Internal Revenue Service, Prince Adegbite Ademikanra in an exclusive interview with Westernpost in Osogbo said the quarry has become a legal issue between the two states.
According to him, “the issue of Dangote quarry has become a legal issue. The location where the quarry is operating is between Ogun and Osun States border.
“Ogun is claiming that the tax should go to them and we are claiming it should come to us. The location is still contentious and we are still trying as much as possible to resolve it.
“Nothing has been coming from Dangote since 2017. The matter is still under litigation. We want to get it right that is why we have not been able to enforce tax on them.
“We are waiting for court of law to tell us who owns that portion of the land. I am not sure if they are paying tax to Ogun State.
“We are of the opinion that Osun owns that land but we have to wait, we have to be peaceful. It is a matter of litigation. It has not been resolved.”
Ademikanra said Osun was unable to collect the N1.5billion owned by the company in 2017, saying that was when the issue of contention started.
“If you sealed a place and there is a court order, you have to vacate the place first until you resolve it.
“If you still continue to press further and make them to pay, then you would have erred on the part of law. We are still waiting for court to resolve it for us”, he stated.
However, a source in Dangote Cement in a telephone chat with our correspondent expressed that the company is not involved in any dispute as regards the geographical location of the boundary.
According to him, “Whatever is the issue, it is between Osun and Ogun states to resolve. It has nothing to do with Dangote Cement.
“Federal Government granted Dangote license to mine granite and the law also said that the people who owned the land that we need to take care of them. We are taking care of the host community.
“Ajebandele is one of the host communities that Dangote recognizes by the virtue of the mining act. Two families are laying claim to that community.
“One falls in Osun and the other in Ogun. Apparently, the one in Ogun is representing the community as our host community.
“We are paying our tax as at when due to Ogun State Government. We as a corporate citizens will not do anything that will jeopardize the interest of the State and we will always be law-abiding.
“If we are not paying, Ogun State Government would have shut down the place. We are also taking care of the host community.”