Cross River empowers special courts to boost revenue

Eme Offiong, Calabar

Cross River State gives seven special courts vehicles

Seven Special Courts established in Cross River State to prosecute tax defaulters and increase revenue generation have been empowered with service vehicles.

Presenting the vehicles to the courts in Calabar, the capital city, the State’s Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu that the government was poised to ensure its citizens comply with the law on payment of taxes, levies and fees.

Rule of Law
Though the courts were established few years ago, Professor Esu stated that mobility was a hindrance to the execution of their functions in line with its mandate.

“The courts were established for special purposes and these include; Revenue, Forestry, Environmental and Sanitation, Ports and Allied Matters, traffic, Arbitration and Miscellaneous Matters as well as the Medical and Pharmaceutical.

“These courts will seat anywhere across the State. If people have been evading taxes; or not been paying sanitation levies and others, these courts will speedily address the matter. The government wants the rule of law to be the order of the day and enhance speedy dispensation of justice,’’ the Deputy Governor explained.

Professor Esu stressed that each court was assigned a judge and magistrate as well as other relevant officials to enhance service delivery.

Summary Trials
The Chairman of the Special Courts, Justice Maurice Eneji appreciated the Cross River State Government for empowering the judiciary unit with vehicles and other facilities.

“The special court is a court of summary trial and is mobile in nature. The idea is to rake in revenue into government’s purse. We will go after people who have refused to pay their tariffs, taxes and all forms of levies due to governments at the State and Local levels.

“We will move from place to place. From Bakeries to schools, to hospitals, to market places, to the timber markets; everywhere to make sure that all who are supposed to pay taxes or levies due to government pay,” Justice Eneji stated.

He enjoined the people to pay taxes and levies to the relevant authorities to avoid prosecution.