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VAT: Lagos Unfairly Treated By Federal Government – Obasa

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has said the proposed law on Value Added Tax (VAT) would help the state meet developmental goals.

Naija News report that the Speaker stated this on Wednesday during a public hearing on a bill for the Lagos State Value Added Tax (VAT) and for other connected purposes.

This was as stakeholders at the hearing commended the Lagos State Assembly and its leadership for their determination to ensure that the bill becomes law.

Speaking at the hearing Obasa noted that states have always felt financially strangulated and unfairly treated by the Federal Government in her administration and appropriation of receipts of VAT.

Obasa, who spoke through the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, said that Lagos state generates an excess of N500 billion in VAT.

If we go by generation trend in tandem with the N2.4 trillion forecasted by the FIRS, Lagos state will be contributing about 55 percent of the total VAT collectables in the entire country,” he said.

But what do we get in return? Some paltry sum. This injustice and inequity are part of the premises on which some of the extant agitations are founded.

Obasa noted this agitation had been helped by the judgement of a Federal High Court in the case of the Attorney General of Rivers State versus the Federal Inland Revenue Service (2020) in which the rights of Rivers state (by extension, other states) were upheld.

Though the FIRS has expectedly appealed the judgement to the Court of Appeal, it is expected that the appellate court will follow the sound logic in the Federal High Court decision,” he said.

The Speaker said the proposed law would allow the state more resources to meet its developmental goals.

“More so, this action brings to the fore of actualization, the true federalism for which we have been agitating,” he added.

On his part, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosere Onigbanjo (SAN), said every state of the federation stood to benefit from the judgement of the court.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.