Stakeholders in Delta call on Government to take a stand position concerning VAT
Stakeholders in Delta State have called on Delta State Government to make a decision concerning the raging issue of Valued Added Tax (VAT).
In a letter signed by Christian Abeh (Global Coordinator), Gabriel Mamuzo (Deputy Coordinator), Ifeanyi Ogor (Europe Coordinator) who are officials of a pressure group in Delta popularly called Delta Lives Matter, the government was asked to transmit a bill to the statehouse as part of the steps to enable Delta State to collect VAT as recently ruled by a Federal High Court in River State recently.
The group insists that Delta State Government should partner with the Government of River State and Delta State to fight for what is rightfully theirs while condemning The Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS) for eagerly restraining Southern States from collecting VAT.
BUSINESS DAY reports that the group said they can no longer continue to produce and consume their goods yet still pay VAT which is used to develop states in the North and asked that the Delta State Government should take a stand rather than sit on the fence or wait for the final outcome on the issue of VAT.
According to BUSINESS DAY, they stated: “How can we be paying for consumption tax of goods purchased and services rendered here in Delta state and the VAT (money) will be given to people who see us as second class citizens?“
“These people should look inward and develop their places than to continue being parasites to other states that are thinking of how to improve their economies.” Information Guides Nigeria
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A former Director-General, Delta State Traffic Management Authority, and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Stephen Dieseruvwe, said FIRS does not have the constitutional right to collect VAT describing it as a local tax that should be collected only by the state.
Stephen Dieseruvwe described the announcement by FIRS that VAT should be paid to them as contempt of court which can only be practiced in a country of impunity.
Dieseruvwe was also of the opinion that Gov. Okowa hasn’t made a pronouncement on the court’s ruling because his rubber-stamp DTHA is not available to do his bidding hoping that when they return from their jamboree, they will implement VAT laws just like Rivers and Lagos State Government.
However, the Chief Press Secretary to the Delta State Governor said the State Government will inform the public if they will start collecting VAT adding that states should use their income to develop their territories and it is not the chief responsibility of the Federal Government to collect tax as he described it as illegal collecting of VAT.
He said: ”Rivers State has started collecting, with Lagos following suit, does not mean that Delta must do so. No, there is no competition,”
But described it as a development that indicates that states are being recognized in the country. JAMB Result
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