The restructuring I support is administrative, so only FG should collect VAT – Umahi

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Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has defined the type of restructuring he supports, in connection with the controversy of which tier should collect Value Added Tax.

According to him, the restructuring the country needs should only be adminsitrative, and probably not financial.

He is thus against the agitation by some states that want to take over VAT collection from the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

At a dinner organised in honour of a former Chief of Army Staff and Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Amb. Tukur Buratai, on Monday night, Umahi said, “We must make Ebonyi State very exceptional by rising to the challenges. When we shout true federalism, I say, I agree; but it should be administrative restructuring.

“Ebonyi State is not in support of any state collecting VAT. We are in support that FIRS should continue to collect tax and share.”

Umahi surprised many people not long ago when he moved from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

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He said he had no regret moving to the centre, while giving his government an excellent mark.

He added, “People are taking special interest in Ebonyi State and her Governor, positively and negatively; but it is very important to be in the news than for you to say there are 36 states, you will name 35 and say what is the other state?

“We have aborted it; we are now a state to reckon with and we have no apologies.

“When I say I have no apologies, you can talk everything about me but you can not say we have not delivered and so when people open their mouths in PDP to talk about APC, they should know that I belong to APC and if they like, let PDP offer any of their best Governors to come for debate with me and I will defeat any of them; it’s not just to be talking and talking. You don’t sit on people’s sweat and resources and be talking nonsense.

“We have no regrets taking our people to the centre. We have always played at the centre. We are not playing party politics, we are playing politics that will be an advantage to our people, criticise me; no problems. But we need resources, we need friendship with the centre.”