Hoteliers in Oyo State have denounced multiple taxation in the state, describing it as detrimental to the survival of their businesses.
The operators, under the auspices of the Oyo State Hoteliers Association, said it was time for the Oyo state government to look into several charges that put the businesses in dire straits, especially “in an environment that quickly becomes hostile and unbearable for durability”.
Oyo State Association Chairman Ayodele Ogundele noted that over the past two or three years in particular, businesses have been bittersweet.
Ogundele added that it has been one challenge after another. “After COVID-19, we struggled with massive inflation, labor shortages and, to top it off, a complete lack of power supply, coupled with the high cost of diesel, among other things.
“As if that weren’t enough, we are facing a deluge of multiple taxes and outrageous charges. These included; land use fee, tourism fee, business and investment fee, fire service fee, environmental fee, emission tax, signal tax, etc. All of this undermines the ability of state practitioners to break even, as we are on the verge of collapse. The government must take us into consideration in order to save the hospitality and tourism sector, being one of the major employers of labour,” Ogundele said.
The association’s vice-president, Joseph Emoabino, added that the contribution of the hospitality industry to the economy is enormous and justifies favorable policies for the government.