Connect with us


Kogi tags Lagos, Rivers ‘selfish’ for insisting on collecting VAT



Ibrahim Idris dares Yahaya Bello to publish report of probe panel on his administration

The joint suit by Lagos and Rivers States to challenge the collection of Value Added Tax by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has resulted in criticism by their Kogi counterpart.

During a live interview on Friday on Arise TV, the Kogi State Commissioner of Information, Kingsley Fanwo, said Lagos and Rivers were being selfish and that “we have to support one another”.

Fanwo further clarified that the Kogi State Government will not be joining forces in the VAT suit to ensure the unilateral collection of accruable taxes by states.

“The position of governor Yahaya Bello on this is very clear: we will not jump on that bandwagon to call for the retention of VAT completely in the state. We are not created equally, and God that created us did not give us equal potentials, and we have to support one another,” he said.

READ ALSO: Gov Wike threatens to shut down banks, other businesses that pay VAT to FIRS

“Kogi is bordered by about 10 states of the federation and a gateway to the north, south, to everywhere. And you know that thousands of vehicles transverse the state on a daily basis. It’s the mineral capital of Nigeria. When you look at our advantages, we should even be at the forefront of fighting for VAT to be completely retained in the state”, he said.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that a Federal High Court, in its judgment last month, held that the Rivers State government had the powers to collect VAT within its territory.

This has resulted in a cold war between the Rivers State Government and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), which has appealed the judgement at the Court of Appeal.

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

four × four =