VAT Reform: Kogi opposes Lagos, Rivers
By Matthew Eloyi
The Kogi State Government has condemned the move by Rivers and the Lagos States to retain the Value Added Tax (VAT), saying it will not involve itself in the pursuit.
Recall that the Governor, Nyesom Wike, had signed a bill on VAT followed by an order requiring businesses to henceforth pay VAT to the state and not to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
This was after a judgment by a federal high court in Port Harcourt restrained the FIRS from collecting VAT in the state.
The Lagos State Government, in line with the judgment, also passed a VAT bill and asked the FIRS to stop collecting VAT from businesses in the state.
The move by both states was opposed by Kogi State through the Commissioner of Information, Kingsley Fanwo, in an interview with Arise TV on Friday.
“This call shows that some of our leaders are insensitive, self-centred and, trying to make policies that will further divide the country,” Fanwo said.