Northern Governors Set Meet on VAT, SANs Berate AGF Malami
- Governors from the northern region have resolved to meet in other to take a position on the Value Added Tax controversy
- The meeting of the governors will be hosted in Kaduna state by Governor El Rufai on Monday, September 27
- Meanwhile, some senior lawyers in the country have blasted Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami over his position on the controversy
Following the position of southern governors on the Value Added Tax controversy, the northern governors’ forum will hold an emergency meeting to discuss their position.
The meeting will be hosted by the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai and presided over by the chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, Punch Newspaper reports.
Meanwhile, some senior lawyers blasted the attorney-general of the federation and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, over his recent statement on the VAT issue, This Day Newspaper added.
Malami had claimed that no state had the power to lay claim to the collection of VAT in the country.
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Collection of Value Added Tax by FIRS remains, says Malami
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the federal government says the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) will continue to collect Value Added Tax (VAT) following the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the matter.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made the comment while speaking to journalists in New York on the disagreement over the collection of VAT between FIRS and Rivers state government.
Lagos govt joins forces with Rivers in VAT battle against FIRS
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government on Friday, September 10, applied to the Court of Appeal in Abuja to be joined as a co-respondent in the appeal filed by FIRS against Rivers state.
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The FIRS is challenging the judgment of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, which held that Rivers state has the power to collect VAT within its domain.
The Attorney General of Lagos, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), informed the court of the state's interest to be joined as a party in the appeal.