The 17 Southern Governors of Nigeria met in Enugu yesterday where they discussed issues affecting the region. This is the third time these Governors will be gathering. They first met in Asaba, the capital of Delta State. They held their second meeting in Lagos.
At their meeting in Enugu yesterday, the Governors took some decisions after evaluating the progress made so far on banning open grazing in the region.
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I read a publication on Daily Trust where some key decisions the Southern Governors took were stated after which I identified one important decision these Governors took which Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi may not abide by. We will be looking at this decision in this article and why Umahi may reject it.
The decision that states must collect VAT
It is not news that Lagos and Rivers State have passed VAT bill.
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Governor Wike has already inauguration Rivers State tax commission and has also approached the Supreme Court for it to give a final judgment on the legal battle between Rivers State and FIRS on who should collect VAT.
The Southern Governors unanimously decided that states must collect VAT to empower them to be financially stable.
Why Dave Umahi may reject this decision
Although the Ebonyi State Governor was not present at the Southern Governors meeting in Enugu, I see him rejecting this decision of Southern Governors that states must collect VAT.
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This is because Umahi has made it clear that he supports the FIRS which is an agency of the federal government to collect VAT and share to states.
His position is not different with some Northern Governors like Bello Masari of Katsina State and Yahaya Bello of Kogi State who criticised Rivers State and Lagos State over their plans to collect VAT.
Many Nigerians from the South will commend the Southern Governors for taking such a bold step to insist that states must collect VAT.
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