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VAT: Oyo still evaluating court ruling, will act soon – Makinde’s aide

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Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said the state is still evaluating the ruling of the court which asserted that the Rivers state government had the right to collect Value Added Tax (VAT) from organisations and individuals in the state.

Adisa made this disclosure when DAILY POST sought his reaction over the court judgement.

The Rivers State Government, through the State Attorney General, had challenged the collection of VAT by the Federal Government in court.

Adisa has, however, said the state government, having taken delivery of the judgement is still evaluating the ruling.

When DAILY POST asked Adisa if Oyo State government is ready to emulate Rivers and Lagos State governments over the collection of VAT, Adisa noted that only the ministry of justice can advise the state government on what to do.

Adisa who spoke during a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Thursday insisted that the State is waiting for the results of the evaluation of the judgement before it can take any step.

He said, “If you look at what they are doing in Lagos and Rivers states, they domesticated the law.

“Rivers state went to court, they got a judgement, it passed through processes.

“Lagos State has studied the judgement and has passed it into law.

“So, Oyo State is also taking delivery of the judgement and the ministry of justice and finance are evaluating the ruling.

“So, they will advise the government at the appropriate time once they conclude the evaluation.

“Oyo State will follow the process of the law based on the advice of the ministry of justice before it takes any step on the collection of VAT”.

VAT: Oyo still evaluating court ruling, will act soon – Makinde’s aide

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