* Photo: Gov Bello
The Governor Yahaya Bello led Kogi State Government has expressed opposition to the moves by Lagos and Rivers State to transfer right for the collection of Value Added Tax ,VAT to States of the Federation from the Federal Government.
Kogi State’s position was articulated by the commissioner for Information Mr Kingsley Fanwo during an interview with Arise Television.
“We are not created equally, and God that created us did not give us equal potential, and we have to support one another.
This call shows that some of our leaders are insensitive, self-centred and trying to make policies that will further divide the country.
“Kogi is bordered by about 10 states of the federation and a gateway to the north, south, to everywhere. And you know that thousands of vehicles transverse the state on a daily basis. It’s the mineral capital of Nigeria. When you look at our advantages, we should even be at the forefront of fighting for VAT to be completely retained in the state.
“When you look at the development of the South-West in those days — the cocoa house — and the groundnut pyramids in the north, the whole of Nigeria is reaping the benefit till today. And what we need to do at this material time as leaders is to stop thinking about ourselves alone.
“The position of governor Yahaya Bello on this is very clear: we will not jump on that bandwagon to call for the retention of VAT completely in the state. We are not created equally, and God that created us did not give us equal potentials, and we have to support one another.”