Northern Governors Forum on Monday kicked against the Value Added Tax laws enacted by the governors of Rivers and Lagos State governors which got the support of other Southern state governors.
The Forum in an emergency meeting in Kaduna state on Monday said their counterparts in the South are confusing VAT for sales tax.
Chairman of the Forum and Plateau State Gov., Simon Lalong read the resolution after over four hours meeting at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.
They further explained that if every state is allowed to enact VAT laws, multiple taxations will arise which will lead to an increase in the price of goods and a collapse in interstate trade.
They however concluded that the matter is sub Judice and the Northern governor would wait until the Supreme Court pronounces judgement
On power shift to the South in 2023, the Northern governors noted that some of them are in support of the movement for peace and unity reasons, but they condemn the position of some southern governors who insist that power must go to the west.
They explained that there was no provision for such in the Constitution.
The governors also praised the armed forces for an ongoing onslaught against bandits and expressed willingness to work in synergy with the Federal Government to end the spate of Insecurity in the Northern region.