Fayose Decries FG’s Proposed VAT Increment, Says Buhari’s Govt. Is Wicked, Disjointed

[caption id="attachment_7539" align="alignnone" width="653"]Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor[/caption]

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has described the plans by the Federal Government to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) rate in the country as another vindication of his position that the President Mu­hammadu Buhari-led government is wicked and disjointed.

Recall that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had said on Thursday, April 7 in Lagos that the current five per cent VAT rate in the coun­try was very low, adding that the Federal Government would in­crease the taxpayer base this year.

But Fayose, in a state­ment signed by his Special Assis­tant on Public Communi­cations and New Media, Lere Olayinka said, “If the Vice President who heads the federal government’s Eco­nomic Team said on April 7 that VAT was going to be increased and the Minister of Finance said on April 18 that VAT won’t be in­creased, isn’t this a sign that this government is dis­jointed?

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“It is now evident that for Ni­geria to be saved from this Buhari’s government policy contradictions, more Nige­rians must join me to speak out so as to keep the gov­ernment on its toes,” he added.

Fayose, who said that any incre­ment in VAT or any other tax being paid by Nigeri­ans at this time will further make life unbearable for the people, said: “Nige­rians are suffering and the little that they have, federal government is planning to take back through VAT increment, this is wicked­ness!”

He accused the Fed­eral Government of not fulfilling its obligation by its refusal to release monies for the construction of roads, challenging them to release to the public evidence(s) of any refund on federal roads constructed/rehabilitated by the Ekiti State Govern­ment.

“Since Fayose assumed office, no kobo was paid to Ekiti State Government by the Federal Ministry of Works since the All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) has been in power.

“The par­ty should rather stop ad­vertising its idiocy in Ekiti and provide documentary evidence on all payments made to the Ekiti State Government by the Federal Government since the state was created,” he said.

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