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VAT: Northern Govs converge in Kaduna

Northern State Governors on Monday held an emergency meeting in Kaduna to discuss major concerns of the region.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern States Governors Forum, said the 19 governors would also look at critical national issues that had emerged over the recent months with a view to coming up with a position of the region.

He said the Forum would also adopt the best possible approach to ensuring that the interest of the region was protected and promoted.

He said that collection of Value Added Tax and the surrounding controversies were among the key issues to be discussed.

“While getting update essentially on the progress made so far from the previous meeting held in February, we shall take stock of how far we have gone in tackling banditry, kidnapping and insurgency,and chart a way forward,” he said.

Earlier, Gov. Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state said the meeting was aimed at tapping ideas from the governors of the 19 northern states.

He said that the region was faced with various economic and security challenges as was being witnessed in other parts of the country.

“These have destroyed the rural economy and it is for this reason that we convened an emergency meeting,” he said.

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