VAT: I don’t support Rivers, Lagos, says Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi says he’s not in support of push for Value-Added Tax to be administered by state governments, opposing moves by states like Lagos and Rivers.

Umahi said this at a dinner organised in honour of a former Chief of Army Staff and Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Tukur Buratai, on Monday night.

The dinner was held at the Governor’s Lodge, Centenary City, Abakaliki.

According to The PUNCH, Umahi said Ebonyi State would keep supporting the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to collect VAT.

He said, “We must make Ebonyi State very exceptional by rising to the challenges. When we shout true federalism, I say, I agree; but it should be administrative restructuring.

“Ebonyi State is not in support of any state collecting VAT. We are in support that FIRS should continue to collect tax and share.”

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The governor stated that he was focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.

“We have no regrets taking our people to the centre. We have always played at the centre. We are not playing party politics, we are playing politics that will be an advantage to our people. Criticise me; no problems. But we need resources, we need friendship with the centre,” Umahi said.

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