Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State have charged the newly inaugurated four- man Tax Appeal Commission to promote a new tax culture.
The governor gave the charge during the inauguration of the four- man Tax Appeal Commission in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.
According to Information Nigeria, Governor Nyesom Wike urged members of the commission to work tirelessly for its success.
He said they promote a new culture in which taxable people and organizations will not default with the applicable tax laws in Rivers state.
The Governor stated this at the Rivers State Government House after swearing in the Rivers State Body of Tax Appeal Commissioners, on Friday.
While stressing the importance of taxes in the country, governor Nyesom Wike called for support for the project to be a success.
He enjoined chairman of the four- man commission to mobilise his workers to put in their best for the successful execution of the tax assignment.
Information Nigeria quotes the Rivers state Governor to have said: ” No country can survive without taxes, no country.
” As you do all you can to regig the government and the citizens to do what they are supposed to do, i have confidence that you will be able to reach your colleagues and members to do the right, ” he told the chairman of the four- man commission.
” Once again, let me congratulate you and believe that you have to kickstart immediately and get an appropriate office where you will commence from. ”
Governor Nyesom Wike is at the forefront of Governors who are of the view that state governments should be the one collecting Value Added Taxes.
To that effect, he has sponsored a bill to the Rivers State House of Assembly and he seems to be all out to see to its full implementation.
The Governor’ s dogged moves to see that Rivers state begins to collect VAT as against the recent collection of same by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has been replicated by some state governors.
These include the Governors of Lagos and Ondo state. No doubt, this opens a new chapter in the economic status of Nigeria.
In recent times, the Nigerian economy has been adversely affected by the COVID- 19 pandemic. This has made it difficult for the federal government to be perform some of its financial obligations.