Governor Aminu Masari has hit out at Rivers State and Lagos State for their insistence on collecting VAT themselves.
Masari, the Governor of Katsina State, said this while taking questions from Daily Trust.
He remarked that Lagos and Rivers are able to generate that much VAT because they are port states and because other states in the country bring them the much needed demand.
“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.”