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Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor’s stance on payment of tax to the state government, has garnered the support of Salihu Tanko Yakassai, former aide to Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
Salihu, on his Twitter page, said any northerner opposing VAT to the state government does not mean well for his people.
According to him, it is time for northern leaders to wake up and seek how to revive the region’s economic status in the country.
Said he: “Any northerner that’s attacking Wike on this VAT issue does not mean well for his region. On this I’m with Wike 100%.
“Its time we look inwards and do some soul searching on how to revive our economic status in this country. To me, this is a wake up call to Arewa leaders and followers”.
The Rivers State Government, had through the State Attorney General, challenged the collection of VAT by the Federal Government agency in court.
Wike had directed the Rivers State’s Internal Revenue Service to immediately commence the implementation of the state’s value-added law 2021.
He directed all corporate bodies to pay their taxes to the state government or risk being sanctioned including “the sealing off of their businesses”.
Warned Woke: “Let me warn that the Rivers State Government is fully in charge of the state and will not tolerate any further attempt by the FIRS to sabotage or undermine our authority to freely administer our tax and other related laws in our own State. Those who play with fire risk having their fingers burnt. Enough of the shenanigans”.
Governor Wike said the law would be in place until the judgment was set aside by a superior court.