A group, Southern Nigeria Solidarity Movement, (SONISM) has commended the governors of Lagos and Rivers states on their position on the issue of value added tax (VAT) and for backing the enabling laws.
This was contained in a release signed by the group’s National President, Sola Ojewusi and National Secretary Salvator Amadi in Owerri, Imo State.
The group said, “Governor Nyesom Wike’ notice to corporate bodies in Rivers State early this week that “Rivers State VAT is for Rivers people and not for Abuja people” is in tandem with the reasonable clamour for an equitable and just Nigerian Federation guided by fiscal federalism and devolution of powers from the overly centralised unitary government imposed by the military and antidemocratic forces.
“That states in a certain region of the country where alcoholic beverages are forbidden are allowed to benefit from VAT realised from alcoholic beverages in another region of the country, is another example of the absurdities begging for redress in Nigeria.”
SONISM further urged other governors in the south to emulate proactive governors like Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on the issue of VAT, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Governor Samuel Orton of Benue State on the issue of open grazing of cattle and stop their self-destructive politics of self deceit.
The group had also commended the judgment of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in favour of VAT collection by the state.
TOS NEWS had earlier reported that the governments of Lagos State and Rivers State have started collecting VAT, a responsibility of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).