The Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has reportedly asked the Supreme Court to accelerate hearing on the Value Added Tax case between the Federal Government and some states, which is currently before it. The Governor who wondered why the the apex court has not given the contentious issue the needed attention, argued that the case was of national importance and that the Nigerian citizenry was eagerly waiting to hear the final judgment on the issue.
To the Governor, the Value Added Tax case is a very sensitive national matter and the determination of the right authority to collect and impose the tax, under the country's legal framework, could strengthen the fiscal federalism of the nation. In other words, accelerating the hearing on the case by the Supreme court will easily remove the controversies currently surrounding the issue at the moment, since the judgment will clarify who between the states and federal should collect the VAT.
Certainly, judging from his statements, it is clear that Governor Wike believes that the VAT case final Judgment will be of immense benefit to the nation's interest, hence the need to accelerate the hearing.
What are your thoughts on this? Is the VAT case as sensitive as Governor Wike Claims?
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