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Next President must come from South, VAT Collection Falls Within Powers Of States- Southern Governors

Next President must come from South, VAT Collection Falls Within Powers Of States- Southern Governors

The Southern Governors Forum (SGF) says collection and retention of Value Added Tax (VAT) falls within the powers of the state.

The governors said this at a meeting held in Enugu State Nigeria and will hold their next meeting in November in River State. Information Guide Nigeria

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE reports that according to the communique issued by the Southern Governors and signed by the the Governor of Ondo State, Goverbor Olurotimi Akeredolu, the governors discussed their level of compliance to national issues, anti-open-grazing law and shared ideas to ensure security and safety in the region.

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As reported by NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, while emphasizing on VAT collection by the state government, the Governors also said that the next president must come from south. Jamb Result

They also reaffirmed their commitment  on the issue of  fiscal federalism as agreed at Asaba, Delta State on May 11, 2021, and urged the states to leverage legislative competence of their state houses of assembly and representation at National Assembly to ensure to include it in the Constitution”.

According the NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, an extract from the seven-point communique reads:

“Reaffirmed its earlier commitment to fiscal federalism as resolved at the inaugural meeting of the Forum held on Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at Asaba, Delta State and emphasized the need for the Southern States to leverage the legislative competence of their respective State Houses of Assembly as well as representation in the National assembly to pursue its inclusion in the Nigerian Constitution through the ongoing constitutional amendment “.

“Following from paragraph “3” above, the meeting resolved to support the position that the collection of VAT falls within the powers of the State “.

“Reiterated their earlier position that the next President of Nigeria must come from the Southern part of Nigeria in line with politics of equity, justice and fairness “.

Those who attended the meeting Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos and Deputy Governors including Mr Bisi Egbeyemi (Ekiti State), , Professor Ivara Esu (Cross River),  Mr Rauf Olaniyan (Oyo State), Dr Kelechi Igwe (Ebonyi), Chief Ude Oko-Chukwu (Abia), Mr Philip Shuaibu (Edo) and Professor Placid Njoku (Imo).

Others were Douye Diri (Bayelsa) , Akeredolu (Ondo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun)  and , Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun).

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