Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has spoken against the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) by states, saying the North contributes to the economic development of Lagos and Rivers.
Speaking exclusively with Daily Trust , Mr Masari described the agitation over tax collection as a joke.
“What is Lagos without the rest of Nigeria? The market Lagos is boasting of is dependent on the larger part of the country.
Benin Republic has a port, Togo has a port; do they have the population to back up the ports? Without us providing the demand part, what will be Lagos?” Mr Masari said.
“VAT serves them and us. We provide the bulk of the market because without the rest of the states what is Lagos or Port Harcourt?” Mr Masari said.
According to him, “Any state that thinks it can survive in isolation is joking. We provide the demand that makes Lagos what it is.”
Mr Masari did not speak on how northern states benefit from alcohol taxes generated from southern states while Sharia-backed state police in the north continue to confiscate and destroy alcoholic beverages that cross state lines.