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?
“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.