Wike institutes Tax Appeal Commission as VAT debate continues

Wike institutes Tax Appeal Commission as VAT debate continues

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has inaugurated a four-man Tax Appeal Commission.

Wike announced the establishment of the commission on Friday, September 10, after swearing in the Rivers State Body of Tax Appeal Commissioners, at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

The governor charged the members of the commission with promoting a new culture in which taxable persons and entities will comply with the relevant tax laws in the state without hesitation.

He also emphasised the importance of taxation in the country and called for support.

“No country can survive without taxes, no country,” he said.

He urged the chairman of the commission to mobilise his team members for success.

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“As you do all you can to rejig the government and the citizens to do what they are suppose to do, I have confidence that you will be able to reach your colleagues and members to do the right thing,” Wike said.

“Once again, let me congratulate you and believe that you have to kick-start immediately; and get an appropriate office where you will commence from.”

The move comes about three weeks after Governor Wike signed the Valued Added Tax Bill; along with four others following their passage by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

His action was sequel to the judgement delivered by Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court; in the state capital who held that states should collect VAT, and not the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has stated that his administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits in the state.

According to him, the decision became necessary since the bandits have failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them by the state government.

Governor Matawalle stated this on Friday, September 10; after attending the Jumat prayer at the Dalala Mosque in Gusau, the state capital.

“They (bandits) sent a powerful committee to plead with us to cease fire; and allow supply (of food and other essential commodities) but I refused,” said the governor who spoke in Hausa.

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