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Rivers not fighting FG over tax collection – Wike

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Rivers not fighting FG over tax collection – Wike

By Wandoo Sombo

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers said the state is not fighting the federal government or any of its agencies for the collection of value added tax (VAT) as being implied in some quarters.

Speaking on Sunday in Abuja at a public conference titled: “Tax Powers in a Federal System” to mark the 60th birthday of Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), Wike said the state is not trying to prosecute what was just and legitimate in the arms of the Constitution.

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The governor represented by the state attorney general, Mr. Zacchaeus Adangor (SAN) argued that Rivers and the federal government were equal because they both derived their lives from the constitution.

“I’ve heard a lot of comments that we are fighting the federal government, there is no desire or intention of the Rivers government to fight the federal government.

“The principle of coequality is fundamental in a federal arrangement, this principle leads to the principle of autonomy, autonomy leads to physical autonomy and physical autonomy leads to physical federalism and when you put all the principles together it means that each level of government, whether federal or state, is co-equal because none derives its life from the other.

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“They both derive their lives from the constitution because they have co-equality.

“This is the fundamental aspect of physical federalism and until we get it we will continue this journey of talking to no avail but I think the tribunal has a role to play, the tribunal can end this crisis. and to this controversy when he makes a statement. “

Also speaking at the event, Prof. Abiola Sani called on the judiciary to make a final and final decision on the impasse surrounding tax collection in the Nigerian federal system.

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Sani, a professor of commercial law, who was the guest speaker on the occasion, called on the National Assembly to use the current constitutional amendment to bring out clear taxation powers between the three levels of government.

Source: NAN

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