VAT: FIRS Amendment move is dead on Arrival – Akeredolu
Chairman of the Southern Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Sunday said that the amendment move by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) at the National Assembly on the controversial Value Added Tax will be thrown into the bins at the State Houses of Assembly.
Governor Akeredolu who said the law does not give power to the federal government to collect VAT and share to the states, adding that the VAT should be under the state.
He said “That’s the position of the law. The FIRS seeking for amendment is a confirmation that they don’t have the power. The amendment will be dead on arrival. Why seek an amendment to a constitution when the provision is so clear.”
The Governor spoke on ‘Arise TV Sunday Talk Show’ hosted by Reuben Abati.
The Governor insisted that if the federal government was to collect VAT for states, it can only get percentage which the federal government can decide to share at the FAAC.
“You can only collect VAT on behalf of the states and hand their money over to them. You can only take percentage there for helping us to collect the money.” He said.
Akeredolu said the Southern Governors’ Forum aligned and agreed with the position and steps taken by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to pursue the amendment to the Petroleum Industry Bill so as to reflect equity, justice and fairness.
Visit To Asiwaju Tinubu And 2023 Election
Governor Akeredolu said his visit to the former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has nothing to do with the 2023 election.
He said he was in London to see Tinubu and he sure that the rumors flying around on the social media was untrue.
Governor Akeredolu who described the former Lagos State Governor as the ‘capon’ in the south, said he is expected to return to the country soon, so as to meet with him and be able to take certain critical decisions.
Asked if he will support Tinubu as the Presidential candidate of the party in 2023, Governor Akeredolu said: APC is a party. APC will decide who the candidate will be. I have said it several times. I’m going no where. If I leave APC, I am going back to my chamber. For me, whatever APC decides,I will follow.
“We went to London because It was important for us to go and see for ourselves. How he’s doing. He’s the capon for us here. But the time he comes, we can make some serious decisions.”
Appointment Of Commissioners
Asked whether he has not breached the constitution with the appointment of four commissioners and few Special Advisers since inaugurated for his second term in office in February, Governor Akeredolu said the decision on the number of commissioners to be appointed lies with him.
He said:There is no provision that says what amount to full compliment of the cabinet only the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice is stated there.
“The number of who will work with me will be decided by me. Come early next month we will have more commissioners. I’m to determine the number of Commissioner that I will want to work with. Governor Agagu worked with less than 11 Commissioners. I’m not saying it is ideal.
“I will have to put in more people come next month. But it can’t be as many as it was in the first term because the finances of the state is badly affected.”