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‘It Enhances True Federalism’, Afenifere Hails Rivers Court Ruling On VAT

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A pan Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere has called on the hailed the ruling of a high court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Value Added Tax (VAT) saying that it will enhance true federalism in the country.

The group also called the Federal Government of Nigeria to stop its actions and policies that are impeding the practice of true federalism in Nigeria.

In a press release issued by Afenifere, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi and made available to  Vanguard in Ibadan, the group also commended the Rivers State government for initiating the legal process.

Afenifere noted that the rulings by Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt on August  9 and on September 6, 2021 have earned the Judiciary in Nigeria an epaulet as an institution that is not only capable of ensuring justice but is actually working on deepening federalism in the country.

The group noted further they observed that the manner of distributing VAT revenue is patently unfair, unjust and is pitched against the hardworking while rewarding the indolent by a manner of speaking citing an example of Lagos State which generates as much as 55 per cent of this revenue receives less than 10 per cent while most states where less than 5 % is generated get the same amount that Lagos gets. They described it as distasteful.

They added that the sum collected by the FIRS is shared among the three tiers of government, with the Federal Government taking 15 per cent, states 50 per cent; local governments, 35 per cent adding that the federal government is taking undeserved larger chunk because when 50 % is shared among the 36 states, what each state gets is a paltry sum. Same for 774 local government councils that share 36 per cent.

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