Governor Nyesom Wike has threatened to take over offices of the Federal Inland Revenue Services in Rivers state over an alleged “bullying”.
Wike who addressed Shell Petroleum Development Company and other representatives of oil companies and business owners in the state during a stakeholders’ meeting in Port Harcourt, insisted that money generated in Rivers state is not meant for “Abuja people” but for the development of his state.
The Governor said;
“People say that let heaven not fall but sometimes I believe that heaven should come down so that everybody will rest…When we do the right thing, heaven is at peace. So, the right thing must be done at all times.
“Rivers State is challenging FIRS from collecting VAT in Rivers State. I am not challenging FIRS from collecting VAT in Abuja. Let it be understood. But the law says Rivers must collect VAT in the state.”
“The Federal Government surreptitiously lobbied to amend the constitution to place VAT…
Source: Linda Ikeji