A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Setonji David, has stated that the state would continue with the implementation of its recently assented Value Added Tax (VAT) law despite a stay of execution by the Appeal Court in Abuja.
The lawmaker, who represents Badagry II Constituency in the House, made this known yesterday, when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme, tagged: “VAT collection dispute,” noting that the enactment of the VAT law followed legal process.
He said Lagos had always outcried for true federalism and would go on with the implementation of the VAT law pending any order by the Appeal Court ruling otherwise.
MEANWHILE, Ajuri Ngelale, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, has accused that debates against VAT collection had been heavily politicised ahead of the next elections.
Ajuri, who noted this when he also appeared as a guest on the breakfast programme, complained about “some of the utterances, unfortunately, that have come from Rivers State along ethnic lines and political posturing ahead of the next election.”
He stated that the Federal Government makes contributions to the generation of VAT in the country, noting that Rivers, Lagos and other states do not create VAT by themselves.
HOWEVER, Mr. Seye Oyeleye, the Director-General of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, yesterday, persuaded the Federal Government and states to sit down and find an agreeable and equitable means of collecting and sharing VAT.
Oyeleye, who said this while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, complimented Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for taking such a bold step to challenge the 1999 Constitution. The DG noted that the Federal Government alone cannot be collecting VAT.