VAT: Wike ignores court order, inaugurates new tax commission

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike on Friday inaugurated the state’s Tax Appeal Commission shortly after the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal ordered maintenance of status quo in the collection of value added tax by state governments.

Recall that, Intel Region reported that the Appeal court, order state Governors to maintain status quo

But, Rivers Governor had ignore court ruling by ignoring and rubbishing the law, by inaugurating tax commission, the commission is saddled with the responsibility to ensure taxable persons and entities comply with the rules of the newly introduced Rivers VAT law.

“It is a very serious assignment at this period as regards to what is going on. So, I believe that you have to take this assignment as a call of duty from your state,” the governor explained. “No country can survive without taxes. And so, you will do all you can to support the government and the citizens to do what they are supposed to do,” 

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The governor’s remarks were contained in a statement by available to Intel Region by his spokesman Kelvin Ebiri on Friday.

The governor, however, expressed confidence in the chairman of the commission to effectively carried out the assignment.

from the intel we gathered, intel Region understand  that members of the tax appeal commission sworn in are: Bennett Eke Ugbari (Chairman), Edwin Krukrubo, Owhonda Ihekwoaba Nobel, and Gift Sovins.

In his response, Mr Ugbari, a retired judge, agreed with the governor that the state needs to generate enough internal revenues to augment the statutory allocations it receives from the federal government.

He noted that the newly introduced VAT will enable the governor to fulfill his promises to Rivers people in terms of infrastructure and other development.

“It is, therefore, the intendment of the commission to partner with other relevant tax authorities in Rivers State to generate adequate internal revenue for the State,” Mr Ebiri quoted Mr Ugbari to have said.

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