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Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said that failure of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to remit any revenue into the federation’s account has made it difficult for most state governors to pay salaries .
El-Rufai lamented that governors in the country could not also fulfil their social contracts to their citizens due to the development .
The governor said the NNPC had not remitted the revenue into the account since the beginning of this year which he said has put many states into severe financial distress.
El-Rufai raised the concern at the 2022 Tax Dialogue organised by the Kaduna State Revenue Service held in the state capital on Monday.
He said “the federal and state governments now rely on revenues and taxes generated by the Federal Inland Revenue Service and Nigerian Customs Service for survival.
“The situation has led to the inability of most states to pay salaries and fulfil their social contract to citizens.”
In his remarks, the Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami canvassed tax dialogue which he described as a tool for engendering tax compliance and a means of strengthening tax systems.
Also speaking at the event , the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh called for inclusivity, fairness and pooling expert ideas to aid tax policy formulation and administration.
[11/7, 8:36 PM] Chidinma Uzoma WhatApp 2022: I Will Not Abandon Wike, Ortom Declares
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has publicly declared why he will not abandon his counterpart, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State especially in this time of crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He explained that what Wike has done to Benue is too much for him to abandon him in his cause ..
According to him,this is a man who stood with us in our trying moments when Benue State was under siege by Fulani terrorists.”
“Many have wondered why I have chosen to swim with Wike. Many have wondered why I have chosen to walk with him in the midst of storms and threats and also fire and brimstone, because he is the man who stood with us during our trying moments.
“He came out and did not fear the threats about federal might and what have you. I will stand with him and will remain with him because I am not a betrayer,” he said .
Ortom however, recalled that Wike who is a chieftaincy title holder in Tivland as the ‘Igyuve i Tiv,’ “was the first person to come out and roar when I was attacked by the Fulani terrorists. He told Nigerians that if you kill Ortom, you have killed Nigeria.”
He added that Wike was very firm in condemning several attacks on him and the state.
“He was the only man that did not keep quiet when Benue State was in turmoil and travails. When Benue State was under siege and challenged by the same Fulani herdsmen.
“Wike came out, brought stakeholders from Rivers State and offered solidarity and faith with Benue people and gave his commitment. As if that was not enough he committed money, noting that “subsequently, the money Wike committed in offering several unsolicited interventions to Benue was over N700 million.”
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