David Umahi, Ebonyi State governor, has opposed the recent push by Lagos, Rivers and other states to collect Value Added Tax (VAT).
Umahi said Ebonyi will continue to support the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) for VAT collection and subsequent distribution among the 36 states of the federation.
There has been controversy between state governments and FIRS, since a Federal High Court in Rivers State gave a ruling restraining the federal tax agency from collecting VAT and Personal Income Tax (PIT) in the state.
However, last week, the Court of Appeal in Abuja directed Rivers and Lagos to maintain status quo pending the determination of an appeal filed by FIRS.
But the Rivers State government has approached the Supreme Court to set aside the order of the appellate court.
Umahi, who spoke during a state dinner organised in honour of Tukur Buratai, a former chief of army staff and Nigerian ambassador to the Republic of Benin, said that true federalism should be administrative restructuring.
“Evil will continue to thrive if good people keep quiet, we must make Ebonyi State very exceptional by rising to the challenges,” he added.
“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.”
The governor further urged leaders to speak up against dissenting voices that are capable of polarising the nation.