Southern Governors stands with judgment empowering States to collect VAT

Governors of the 17 States in the southern part of Nigeria today met in Enugu where they unanimously endorsed the recent Federal High Court judgment that empowers states to collect the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu in a statement, said the meeting was a follow up to the last one held in Lagos, adding they reviewed progress already made on the passage of the law against open grazing and encouraged southern states yet to pass the law to do so.

“The Southern Governors also restated their commitment to pursue fiscal federalism by working with our National Assembly members to ensure inclusion in the constitution through the ongoing constitutional amendment process.

L-R: Governors – Mr. Nyesom Wike, Rivers State; Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State; Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State; Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), Ondo State and Mr. Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom during the Southern Governors’ Forum in Enugu, on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

“In the same vein, we unanimously endorsed the recent Federal High Court judgment that empowers the states to collect VAT.

“Finally, the Governors renewed earlier call that the next President of our country should come from the Southern part for fairness, equity and justice,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Today’s meeting of Southern Governors Forum was hosted by Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.


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