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Group lauds Sanwo-Olu, Wike on VAT

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A gaggle, Southern Nigeria Solidarity Motion, SONISM, has recommended the governors of Lagos and Rivers states on their place on the problem of worth added tax (VAT).

The group additionally lauded the lawmakers within the two states for backing the enabling legal guidelines on this regard.

It could be recalled that the governments of Lagos State in Nigeria’s South West geopolitical area and Rivers State within the nation’s South-South area have began accumulating VAT, a accountability hitherto left to the Federal Inland Income Service (FIRS).

It could even be recalled that solely a small fraction of the VAT collected by FIRS from the states got them whereas the bigger share of the cash was given to the Federal Authorities.

The group in a launch signed by Sola Ojewusi, Nationwide President, and Salvator Amadi, Nationwide Secretary in Owerri, Imo State, recommended additionally the judgment of the Federal Excessive Court docket in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, early this week in favour of VAT assortment by the state.

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Sanwo-Olu indicators Lagos VAT invoice, Nigerian govt opposes

The group mentioned, “Governor Nyesom Wike’ discover to company our bodies in Rivers State early this week that “Rivers State VAT is for Rivers individuals and never for Abuja individuals” is in tandem with the cheap clamour for an equitable and simply Nigerian Federation guided by fiscal federalism and devolution of powers from the overly centralised unitary authorities imposed by the army and antidemocratic forces.

“That states in a sure area of the nation the place alcoholic drinks are forbidden are allowed to profit from VAT realised from alcoholic drinks in one other area of the nation, is one other instance of the absurdities begging for redress in Nigeria.”

SONISM urged different governors within the south to finish their self- harmful politics of self deceit and emulate proactive governors like Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on the problem of VAT, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Governor Samuel Orton of Benue State on the problem of open grazing of cattle.

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