Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a former media aide to Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has expressed support for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers over the latter’s move to prevent the Nigerian government from collecting value-added taxes from the oil-rich south-south state.
On Wednesday at a stakeholder meeting with oil companies and business owners in the state, Wike noted that state-based companies will have to start paying VAT to the state government.
A federal supreme court in Port Harcourt had on Aug. 10 barred the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) from collecting sales tax and income taxes in Rivers State.
Following the court ruling, Wike signed the VAT Act No. 4 of 2021 on August 19.
However, although the FIRS had challenged the decision in the appeals court, it failed to obtain a stay of execution that it sought to prevent the state government from enforcing the sentence.
Responding to Wike’s stance on the VAT issue, Tanko-Yakassi, aka Dawisu, said he supports the Governor of Rivers.
Dawisu added that any northerner who attacks Wike on this matter is not good for his region, as the move will leave those in the north looking inward on how to revitalize their economies.
He wrote: “Any northerner attacking Wike on this VAT issue is not good for his region. In this regard, I am 100% with Wike. This country. For me, this is a wake-up call for Arewa leaders and followers.”
Any northerner attacking Wike on this VAT issue does no good for his region. In that regard, I agree 100% with Wike. It’s time we look inward and do some soul searching to rekindle our economic status in this country. For me this is a wake-up call for Arewa leaders and followers
— Peacock (@dawisu) September 9, 2021
Meanwhile, the Lagos State House of Assembly passed the state value added tax (VAT) law on Thursday.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, after the bill passed the bill, instructed Acting House Clerk Olalekan Onafeko to send a clean copy to the State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for to send consent.