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VAT, Fiscal Federalism: Northern governors meet Monday

Governors of the 19 northern states are meeting Monday to brainstorm on the raging issues such as fiscal federalism and the right of states to collect Value-Added Tax (VAT).

The meeting was confirmed by the Coordinator of the Northern Governors Forum Secretariat and Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Professor Danladi Atu.

Atu said the meeting would be hosted by the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

Simon Lalong, the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, is scheduled to preside at the session.

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had in a judgment last month held that Rivers State has the power to collect VAT within its jurisdiction.

However, the FIRS challenged the ruling at the Court of Appeal while Lagos State filed an application seeking to be joined with Rivers State as a co-defendant in the appeal filed by the FIRS.

The appeal court ordered parties in the suit to maintain status quo pending the determination of the appeal.

Governors of the 19 northern states are meeting Monday to brainstorm on the raging issues such as fiscal federalism and the right of states to collect Value-Added Tax (VAT).

The meeting was confirmed by the Coordinator of the Northern Governors Forum Secretariat and Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Professor Danladi Atu.

Atu said the meeting would be hosted by the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

Simon Lalong, the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, is scheduled to preside at the session.

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had in a judgment last month held that Rivers State has the power to collect VAT within its jurisdiction.

However, the FIRS challenged the ruling at the Court of Appeal while Lagos State filed an application seeking to be joined with Rivers State as a co-defendant in the appeal filed by the FIRS.

The appeal court ordered parties in the suit to maintain status quo pending the determination of the appeal.

 

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