- The battle between state governors and the federal government over the collection of VAT deepens as southern governors meet in Enugu
- The governors were received at the government house in Enugu by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Thrusday, September 16
- Although the agenda of the meeting has not been made public, but reports indicates that the governors are seeking ways to end the crisis
The members of the Southern Governors’ Forum are currently meeting in Enugu, just about two months after they converged in Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos state.
Channels TV reports that the governors who have arrived at the meeting include Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state; Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state; Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state; and Bayelsa’s Douye Diri.
They were received at the Government House, Enugu, by the host, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Thursday, September 16.
The 17 southern governors are currently meeting in Enugu state to discuss pressing national issues, the release of Nnamdi Kanu, and ban on open grazing, a report by Vanguard also indicates.
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While there is no officially published agenda for the meeting, the governors are expected to deliberate on the ongoing Value Added Tax (VAT) battle between states and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and security issues.
This meeting is coming just over two months after the governors met in Lagos State where they made a series of decisions including banning open grazing.
Nigerians consider other options over Miyetti Allah's proposed N2m price per cow
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported earlier that the Miyetti Allah association has raised concerns that if the proposed anti-grazing bill is passed into law in southern states, it will result in an increase in the price of cows.
In clear terms, the herders' organisation disclosed that one cow may sell for as high as N2 million if the bill is signed.
But being who they are, Nigerians are often ready to take on the worst-case scenario, and as such, have started thinking of ways to get meat other than beef.
Presidency gives update on President Buhari’s decision on VAT controversy
The presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, made the disclosure while speaking during an interview on Arise TV.
Adesina noted that though the case may drag up to the Supreme Court, the Nigerian leader would respect the rule of law.