BREAKING: States Will Collect VAT – Southern Governors ( Full Statement )

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States will collect , ’ has affirmed.

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On Thursday, the met in Enugu and declared that collection is within their jurisdiction.

This comes amid a dispute between the Rivers State and the Federal , which is currently being litigated.

The governors also reaffirmed their support for an open-grazing ban, urging all states in the region to pass legislation in this area as soon as possible.

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A communiqué after the meeting was read by Chairman of the Forum and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Also present were Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta, Babajide Sanwolu, Lagos, Gbega Oyetola, Osun, Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom, Nyesom Wike, Rivers, Dapo Abiodun, Ogun and the host Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of .

Deputy Governors present included Rauf Olaniyan, Oyo, Bisi Egbeyemi, Ekiti, Philip Shuaib, Edo, Ude Okochukwu, Abia, Kelechi Igwe, Ebonyi, Placid Njoku, Imo.

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The communiqué read in full:

The Nigerian ’ Forum at its meeting of today, Thursday, 16th September 2021 held in the House, Enugu, reviewed the state of the nation and the progress of implementation of the decisions reached in her previous meetings and further
resolved as follows:

  1. Expressed satisfaction with the rate at which the States in Southern Nigeria are enacting or amending the Anti- Open Grazing Laws which align with the uniform template and aspiration of Southern Governors and encouraged the
    States that are yet to enact the law, do so expeditiously.

  2. Encouraged the full operationalization of already agreed regional security outfits; which would meet, share intelligence and collaborate, to ensure the security and safety of the region.

  1. Reaffirmed its earlier commitment to Structural and 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 Nigeran Constitution through the ongoing constitutional amendment.
  1. Following from paragraph 3″ the above, the meeting resolved to support the position that the collection of falls within the powers of the States.

  2. Expressed satisfaction with the handling of issues around the Petroleum Industry ACT (PIA) and ownership of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the larger Nigerian Governors’ Forum.

  3. 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.

  4. The Forum thanked the host Governor, Rt. Hon. IfeanyiUgwuanyi, and chose Rivers State as the next host for the
    Southern Governors’ Forum meeting in November 2021.

Arakunrin Oluwarotimí O. Akeredólu; SAN Governor, Ondo State and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum.

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