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Nahcoaviance cough out N100m to avoid FIRS shutdown over tax default

Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, nahcoaviance, Plc has for a while refused to remit millions of naira in taxes to the coffers of the federal government an act that saw the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) hold the company liable threatening to shut it down last week.

It was gathered that the handling company have had to pay N100million within 24 hours of the FIRS visit last week to the FIRS to forestall its planned closure by the revenue collection agency that had gone to the company with the aim of shutting it down totally.

Spokesperson of nahcoaviance , Ajakaiye however said that it was just a routine call by the FIRS and that nahcoaviance is sorting it out, he likened the situation to a mix up in payment.

In a phone conversation he said,” You know sometimes you have paid and they may not have that recorded so it a question of reconciling we go there with our receipts which we have done and the whole misunderstanding is sorted out.”

Nigerianflightdeck gathered from a reliable source that a N100 million payment was made to FIRS coffers, as  part-payment to forestall closure of the company as the government agency had already posted its ‘do not remove’ sticker on the ground handler’s wall.

Also NFD learnt that nahcoaviance had also reached an agreement with FIRS to pay some amount of money to the agency on a monthly basis, but had consistently defaulted, a situation, which led to its planned closure last week.

In another development, the ground handling company had, between January and April 2016, sacked at least 100 workers due to paucity of funds.

The sack of some were later upturned to ‘compulsory retirement’ as a means to avert any crisis in the company as negotiated by the unions the workers belong to some workers got N3.5 million while other senior personnel got higher.

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