Ondo State human rights lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa, has condemned the lopsided fiscal federalism being operated in the country.
According to him, enough of , “feeding-bottle federalism and Abuja financial pilgrimage.”
He commended Governors Nyeson Wike and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for championing the agitation for fiscal federalism for states in the country.
Adegboruwa, in a statement, said the collection of Value Added Tax by states is a “form of restructuring and rained encomium on the two states for starting a , “revolution”.
In his statement titled, ‘State VAT Laws Is A Form Of Restructuring’, Adegboruwa said, “It is restructuring and I support it 100%. We’ve been shouting and crying for this lopsided federalism to be made equitable. Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable “.
“I commend Gov Wike who started this revolution. I also commend Gov Sanwoolu, my LBS and Hon A-G, Onigbanjo and the Lagos House of Assembly. Other laws should follow. LASG should go to Lagos High Court to seek an order for immediate compliance with the VAT law by all persons and authorities doing business in Lagos State “.
“It’s a good beginning. Enough of feeding-bottle federalism and Abuja financial pilgrimage!”
Despite criticisms even from some of their counterparts, especially those from the north, Akeredolu, Sanwo-Olu and Wike, have continued to enjoy praises from members of the public.
The southern governors at their meeting in Enugu also lent backing to the states being responsible for the collection of VAT in their jurisdictions.
Analysts are of the opinion that this development could serve as a starting point in achieving true fiscal federalism in Nigeria, at last, and without war.
They are also of the view that it will lead to fiscal federalism, which demands that each level of government adequately finances its operations without recourse to the central government.