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Lagos State council chairmen under the aegis of the Conference of 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos have requested equal sharing formula with the state in the proposed value-added tax (VAT) bill now before the Lagos House of Assembly.

The secretary of the Conference 57 and chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA, Abdulrasak Ajala, made the request at a one-day public hearing on the bill organised by the Lagos Assembly on Wednesday.

The parliament is considering a tax bill titled ‘A Bill for a Law to impose and charge Value Added Tax (VAT) on certain foods and services, provided for the administration of the tax and for related matters’, following Rivers’ example.

Mr Ajala explained that for the councils to pursue meaningful development, they required a better sharing formula for its members in the proposed VAT law.

The conference 57 secretary demanded a 50-50 sharing formula, contrary to the 75-25 proposed in the bill in favour of the state government.

Being the closest to the grassroots, Mr Ajala explained that the councils, which also host companies, should benefit from a better share than the 25 per cent in the bill.

The council chairman commended the legislators for the bill, as well as the synergy between the executive and the legislature.

“On the distribution of revenue, you will agree with me value-added tax is on consumption and production, and all these economic activities are domiciled in our respective communities. In addition, local governments, being the closest to the grassroots, need more revenues given the enormity of the responsibilities the constitution confers on us,” he noted. “Hence, the 25 per cent in the bill is grossly inadequate for local governments to execute all the promises we made to our people; and of course all our electoral promises.”

Mr Ajala further stated, “This is the reason we are making a passionate appeal, on behalf of Conference 57, that we should raise the bar higher, from 25 per cent to 50 per cent.”

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Contributing, Michael Ade, representing the Lagos Tax Justice and Governance, commended the lawmakers and the state government for having the political will to imitate the Rivers’ government and parliament.

Also commenting, the attorney general and commissioner for justice, Moyosere Onigbanjo, declared that the judgment on the VAT law was not valid only in Rivers, but any state in the country stood to benefit from the judgment.

According to the attorney-general, the National Assembly does not have powers on VAT.

The House Committee on Finance chairman Rotimi Olowo, insisted that it would make no sense if all the money accruable to Lagos was taken by the federal government.

NMr Olowo argued that given the pressures on the state governments in terms of infrastructure development, the proposed law on VAT in the state would bring about development.

The Speaker of the parliament, Mudashiru Obasa, assured stakeholders at the public hearing that their contributions were as vital as the bill and would be included in the proposed bill before its passage.

 

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Sanwo-Olu Signs Anti-open Grazing Bill Into Law

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A bill prohibiting open cattle grazing became law in Lagos State on Monday.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s aide on print media, Wale Ajetunmobi, who made this known , said that the governor signed the bill on Monday .

“Breaking! Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, this afternoon, signs the bill prohibiting open cattle grazing in Lagos into law,” he posted on Facebook.

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It was previously reported that the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday, September 9, 2021, passed the bill entitled, “A bill for a law to Prohibit Open Cattle Grazing In Lagos State, the Trespass of Cattle Land And For Other Connected Purposes”.

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa subsequently directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit a clean copy to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for assent.

The bill was passed after unanimous votes by the lawmakers at the sitting where the bill was read the third time.

 

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More Trouble Coming To South-East If IPOB Stops Anambra Governorship Poll – Ubah

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More Trouble Coming To South-East If IPOB Stops Anambra Governorship Poll - Ubah

Senator Ifeanyi Ubah has warned that there will be trouble if the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) insists that the November 6, 2021 election won’t hold.

Ubah is the candidate of the Young Progressives Party in the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election.

Ubah, who represents Anambra South in the upper legislative chamber spoke on Monday in an interview with BBC Pidgin monitored .
IPOB had threatened that no election would hold in the entire South-East zone (Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states) till it achieved its agitation for secession from the Nigerian state.

Police stations, offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission and other government institutions have been burnt by hoodlums in the past few months. Though security agents have blamed the violence on members of the IPOB’s military wing, the Eastern Security Network, as masterminds of the attacks, the proscribed group has denied the allegations.

On how the worsening security situation in the South-East could affect the November governorship election in Anambra, Ubah said: “We will talk to our brothers – the IPOB people, they should not say no election because if they say so, they will be imposing something we don’t want.

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“So, we have to tell them the importance. We know they have power but let them pipe down for us to do this election because if we don’t do this election proper, there will be trouble. Anambra is the head of Igbo nation.”

When asked what the sit-at-home order by IPOB had caused Anambra, Ubah said: “You cannot estimate (it), the trauma also is so much.

The truth about it is that our governors should wake up and engage with IPOB.

“It is IPOB that gave such an order; talk to them, tell them that we are losing. We are agitating, we must fight for our brother but we can’t also be fighting for our brother and suffering our people.”

Continuing, the senator said: “I believe in the Nigerian entity, I believe also that we, the Igbos, through the instrumentality of our state governments, can make Igbo a mini-nation inside the nation.

“We have everything as contained in the Nigerian constitution as a legitimate state, a state that can make what we want. I don’t think unless I change the name of the state; I believe that the more I get from Nigeria, I can now partner with our brothers abroad to bring the aspirations and what they want in the state.”

Ubah also noted that South-East politicians were working on a political solution to resolve the case of the detained IPOB leader.

 

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Why We’ll Continue To Lead Nigeria – Northern Elders

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THE Northern Elders Forum has given insight why the north will continue to lead Nigeria.

The elders said that the north was in the process of rebuilding itself and was not prepared to play second fiddle in a nation where it clearly enjoys numerical strength.

The Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said this while delivering a keynote address at the maiden Maitama Sule Lecture Series organized by the students’ wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups, held at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, on Saturday.

He said: “We will lead Nigeria the way we have led Nigeria before whether we are president or vice president, we will lead Nigeria. We have the majority of the votes and democracy says vote whom you want.

“Why should we accept a second class position when we know we can buy a form and contest for first class and we will win?

“Why does anybody need to threaten us and intimidate us? We will get that power but be humble because power comes from God. We inherited leadership and being honest is not being stupid.

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“The North has pride; we are humble enough to know that we are going to run Nigeria with other people but we are not going to play a second fiddle to anybody. We may not have the most robust economy, there are people who are trying to strangulate us even more than we are being strangled.

“We are ready for this. We will consider every economic adversity, challenge. We will fix the Northern economy and we are the only one who can fix this Northern economy. For that reason, we are not for sale. We are in the process of rebuilding the North and we will rebuild the North from 2023.

“Whether the North holds power in 2023 or not anybody who wants to break up in this country will say so, they are just looking for excuses. This is democracy. If they don’t like what Nigeria is, they will say they want to break up from this country, we don’t pay attention to those people, we are focused on the fact that we are running a democratic system.”

The NEF’s spokesman added :“If the majority of Nigeria voters vote for a candidate from the North and he becomes the president and somebody doesn’t want to live under the Nigerian president, the person can leave.”

 

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