THE Yahaya Bello-led Kogi State government has lambasted the Government’s of Rivers State and Lagos State over moves to retain the Value Added Tax.
Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers had recently signed a bill on VAT followed by an order requiring businesses to henceforth pay VAT to the state and not to the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
He signed the bill following a judgment by a federal high court in Port Harcourt restraining the FIRS from collecting VAT in the state.
Following the ruling, the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State government also passed a VAT bill and asked the FIRS to stop collecting VAT from businesses in the state.
According to Fanwo, the move by the two-state will only further divide the nation.
The commissioner noted that we are not created equally, and God did not give us equal potential.
Fanwo said, “This call shows that some of our leaders are insensitive, self-centred and trying to make policies that will further divide the country.
“Kogi is bordered by about 10 states of the federation and a gateway to the north, south, to everywhere. And you know that thousands of vehicles transverse the state on a daily basis. It’s the mineral capital of Nigeria. When you look at our advantages, we should even be at the forefront of fighting for VAT to be completely retained in the state.
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