Compel DPR to refund all illegal deductions, Oshiomhole charges RMAFC Chairman

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Jethro Ibileke/Benin
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State called on the Chairman of Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Elias Mbam, to compel the Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) to refund all the money illegally deducted at source that was meant for the federation account.
The governor’s call was sequel to the declaration by the RMAFC Chairman that the practice of deducting cost of revenues at source by federal government ministries and agencies was illegal.
On Wednesday, Mbam had at a three-day seminar held in Benin, Edo state capital announced that all federal government ministries and agencies have been ordered to stop such deductions forthwith. The seminar was organized by the Post-Mortem sub-committe of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) titled, “National Gas Seminar on the role of gas in Nigeria’s Economy,”
He added that the Commission has ordered all relevant federal government agencies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, Accountant-General of the federation and the federal ministry of finance to suspend the unilateral deduction at source, any money collected by the agencies.
“The law is very clear on the law of collection and on the issue of DPR collecting cost of collection. The position of the commission is very clear on that. We are against that collection and we have queried relevant government agencies for making that available to DPR and asked that it should be suspended.
“We did not approve that cost of collection should just be unilaterally given and if it must happen the agency should go through the owners of the funds and they should give approval which means the three tiers of government must agree that there is need to provide funds for an agencies before it can be deducted from source. Ideally, money should not be unilaterally deducted from source. …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper