Katsina Province Governor, Bello Masari, has criticized Lagos and Rivers States over their stance on revenue enhancement revenue collection.
Masari said both Rivers and Lagos States would not have huge revenues without contributions from other states.
The governor described the displace by both Lagos and Rivers States as a joke because they rely on the population of other states to boost their economies.
“What is Lagos without the repose of Nigeria? The marketplace Lagos is boasting of is dependent on the larger division of the country. Republic of Benin Republic has a port, Togo has a port; do they have the population to dorsum upward the ports? Without us providing the demand division, what will be Lagos?
“VAT serves them and us. We provide the mass of the marketplace because without the repose of the states, what is Lagos or Port Harcourt?
“Whatsoever province that thinks it can live in isolation is joking. We provide the demand that makes Lagos what it is,” Masari told Daily Trust.
Both Lagos and Rivers States have moved to take over the collection of Value Added Revenue enhancement, VAT, from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.
The matter is currently before the Appeal and Supreme Judicature.
Meanwhile, Southern governors have thrown their weight behind their Lagos and Rivers counterpart.
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