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Open Grazing And VAT: See The State Governors Leading A Major National Change In Nigeria

Governance is a serious business that enables elected officials create a healthy, working and living condition for the people its govern. In Nigeria, the situation is not different from what is obtainable in other parts of the world. As the most populous black nation in the world, the oil rich nation is enjoying one of its longest run of democracy.

Governor Samuel Ortom and Nyesom Wike - Photo Credit: PM News.

The beautiful people of Nigeria look up to their leaders to enact laws and policies which will be beneficial to them. Also, it is the duty of the government to safeguard the lives and properties of its people, create a booming economy and also make sure that the people enjoy the full dividends of democracy.

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These situations, have not been fully enrolled in Nigeria as the country is being plunged into several threats of insecurities, economic woes and unfavorable policies. There are some policies which are been enacted by the Federal Government which have been met with stiff opposition by some state governors. Some of these state governors see the policies as unfavorable to its people, hence, they put in a strong opposition or challenge it.

From Akerodolu to the Rivers state governor; Nyosom Wike, here are the governors at the forefront of an opposing policy of the Federal Government.

Rotimi Akerodolu

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The fight against the Open Grazing law seems to be a personal battle of the Osun state governor. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is arguably, the most vocal of the 36 states governor on the issue of Open Grazing. His stance on Open Grazing is on the basis that things has changed a lot since the method was used in the first republic [Information NG] also, open grazing may be a barrier to a city’s infrastructural development and so, must not be allowed to continue.

Nyesom Wike

Recently, there have been a strong rift between the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) over who is to collect Value Added Tax (VAT) in the state. The state governor, who had won in court case against the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) was adamant that Rivers state, through its state revenue body will start collecting VAT and not the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

This move by Wike has sparked a lot of reactions across the country with states like Lagos, Adamawa and several others agreeing with the governor that it is the right of the state government to collect VAT. This is also the first time a state governor is challenging the Federal Government on the right to collect VAT in a state. Before now, it has been the Federal government, through its body; Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Samuel Ortom

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The situation of the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom is similar to that of Osun state governor. Some part of Benue state has been ravaged with clashes between Herdsmen and farmers. This situation has displaced a lot of people from their homes and farms and also, caused the loss of lives and properties. In trying to address the incessant crisis between herdsmen and farmers, Governor Ortom is also strongly against the Open Grazing bill.

The governor is among-st the first governors in Nigeria to sign the Anti-Open Grazing bill to law. While signing the bill in 2017, Governor Samuel Ortom concluded that the bill will bring an end to the continual clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state [Premium Times].

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