Southern Governors Forum Communique At Thursday’s Meeting.

Governors from the southern region of Nigeria have declared their support for the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) by state governments, in place of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

They made the declaration on Thursday at a meeting of the Southern Governors Forum held at the Government House in Enugu State.

Chairman of the Forum and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, made the position of the governors known in a communique issued at the end of the meeting.
According to him, the meeting resolved to support the position that the collection of VAT falls within the powers of the states.
The governors reaffirmed their commitment to fiscal federalism and stressed the need for the southern states to pursue its inclusion in the Nigerian Constitution, through the ongoing constitutional amendment.

To achieve this, they advised the states to leverage the legislative competence of their respective State Houses of Assembly, as well as their representatives in the National Assembly.

Ahead of the general elections in 2023, the governors insisted that the next Nigerian leader must come from the South.

Recall that in their previous meeting the governors resolved to ban open grazing in their various state, this is stop the farmers herder crisis and issues of kidnapping in the southern states.

All the southern governors were in attendance of the Thursdays meeting except for the governors of Imo State Hope Uzodima and Ebonyi David Umuayi who were well represented by their deputies.

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