Following the Rivers State governor’s order, Nyesome Wike, that the Value Added tax (VAT) should be paid to the state government, it has been reported that Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has disclosed that the state is not in support of Rivers, Lagos and other states in their moves to collect Value Added Tax.
According to reports, Umahi stated this at a dinner organised in honour of a former Chief of Army Staff and Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Amb. Tukur Buratai, on Monday night.
According to him, “We must make Ebonyi State very exceptional by rising to the challenges. When we shout true federalism, I say, I agree; but it should be administrative restructuring.”
Umahi stated that, “Ebonyi State is not in support of any state collecting VAT. We are in support that FIRS should continue to collect tax and share.”
He made it known that, “People are taking special interest in Ebonyi State and her Governor, positively and negatively; but it is very important to be in the news than for you to say there are 36 states, you will name 35 and say what is the other state?”
He disclosed that, “We have aborted it; we are now a state to reckon with and we have no apologies.
He revealed that, “We have no regrets taking our people to the centre. We have always played at the centre. We are not playing party politics, we are playing politics that will be an advantage to our people, criticise me; no problems. But we need resources, we need friendship with the centre.”