Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai called on state governors not to confuse value added tax (VAT) with sales tax. According to him, they are different because VAT is a special tax.
The governor, who gave his take on the controversial issue at the national headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, also joked that the open anti-grazing laws signed by the governors of the South would not work.
Responding to reporters’ questions after meeting with the secretary of the APC Extraordinary Convention Interim Planning Committee, Senator John AkpanUdoedehe, he said: the court. And until the Supreme Court rules on the matter for good, everything you see today is subject to change.
Even states that have passed laws, the Supreme Court can overturn them. Suddenly, I hesitate to comment. But people think VAT is a sales tax. It’s not. VAT is a special type of tax. And there are many ways to look at it and I’m sure that at the appropriate time the Nigerian Governors’ Forum will look at it and take a position.
But until then, I’m reluctant to comment on a case that is still pending legal proceedings. Regarding legislation against open grazing, the governor said, âThe Northern Governors Forum has already taken a position that open grazing is not a sustainable means of animal production. And we have to move on to ranching. âBut switching to breeding cannot be done overnight.
We have to have a plan, we have to have the resources, and we have to implement it wisely. This is not about populist legislation or saying this or that tomorrow. This is not a solution. We have taken a stand as governors of the northern states and we are implementing it.
âAnd in my state, for example, we are developing a huge ranch to centralize the ranchers. And that’s the solution, a long time. But can we do it overnight?
No. âFurther, he said,â This project we are running will cost us around 10 billion naira. The CBN is backing us with around 7.5 billion naira and it will take around two years to do so.
We are going to be content with Fulani herding families and I hope they will see that there are other ways of producing cattle instead of running with cattle on people’s farms causing all kinds of problems. We want to solve the problem.
On the congresses organized by the party so far and the complaints, he said: âThere is no chance that you will have any congresses and there will be silence. There will always be someone who is not happy with the outcome, whether you have an election or a consensus.
He who loses feels he has lost unjustly. Speaking about Femi Fani-Kayode’s recent defection from the APC, the governor said: âI am not commenting on the decision and actions of the party leaders.
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