Governors from the southern region of Nigeria have declared their support for the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) by state governments, in place of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
The coalition made this disclosure regarding VAT collection on Thursday, September 16; at a meeting of the governors held at the Government House in Enugu State.
Chairman of the Forum and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, made the position of the governors known; in a communique issued at the end of the meeting.
According to him, the meeting resolved to support the position that the collection of VAT falls within the powers of the states.
The governors reaffirmed their commitment to fiscal federalism; and stressed the need for the southern states to pursue their inclusion in the Nigerian Constitution, through the ongoing constitutional amendment.
To achieve this, they advised the states to leverage the legislative competence of their respective State Houses of Assembly; as well as their representatives in the National Assembly.
Also, the governors insisted that the next Nigerian leader must come from the South.
The communique also commended the rate at which members were enacting the law prohibiting the open grazing of cattle; in line with the uniform template and called on others yet to do so to follow suit.
It reads in part, “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 this law to do so expeditiously.
“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.
“Reaffirmed its earlier commitment to fiscal federalism as resolved at the inaugural meeting of the Forum; held on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at Asaba, Delta State and emphasised 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.”