Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has spoken out against Governors Nyesom Wike and Babajide Sanwo- agitations Olu’s over the collection of value-added tax, arguing that the collection should be handled by the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
” The state of Ebonyi opposes any state collecting VAT. Mr. Umahi was cited as saying at a luncheon honoring former Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai, ” We support FIRS continuing to collect revenue and share. ”
After the Rivers Division of the Federal High Court declared on August 10 that Rivers, not FIRS, was authorized to collect and use VAT proceeds, there have been problems regarding the collection of VAT.
Mr. Wike then introduced legislation to collect VAT in the state, a step that was followed by Lagos, with other southern states such as Ogun and Akwa Ibom poised to follow suit.
Mr. Umahi spoke out against the move during the event, which was hosted at the Governor’s Lodge in Centenary City, Abakaliki, saying that ” bad would continue to prosper if decent people keep quiet, ” according to the outlet.
” Ebonyi state and its governor are attracting a lot of attention, both positively and badly. However, being in the news is far more significant than stating that there are 36 states. You’ll say, ” What is the other state? ” after naming 35. It has been canceled. We have established ourselves as a force to be reckoned with, and we make no apologies. ”
Further, the governor boasted about the accomplishments of the APC- led administration in Ebonyi, while also challenging the ” best” governors under the Peoples Democratic Party to debate him.
” It’s not simply to be talking and talking, ” he said. You don’t spew gibberish while sitting on other people’s sweat and resources. ”
Mr. Umahi also stated that he was open to criticism from the opposition, stressing that Ebonyi is in desperate need of resources.
Messrs. Wike and Sanwo- Olu have both disobeyed a judgment by the Court of Go’s Abuja Division, which directed them to ” keep status quo ante Bellum” until the VAT issue was settled, prompting the Rivers government to appeal to the Supreme Court.