VAT, open grazing bills passed by Lagos Assembly for Sanwo-Olu’s assent to law

VAT, open grazing bills passed by Lagos Assembly for Sanwo-Olu's assent to law

The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed the State’s Value Added Tax, VAT, Bill, the bill that prohibits open cattle grazing in the state to transmit a clean copy to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for assent onto law.

The two bills were passed after unanimous votes by the lawmakers at the sitting where they were read for the third time.

The Speaker of the state House, Mudashiru Obasa, therefore, directed the Acting Clerk, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko to send the copy to Governor Sanwo-Olu for further action.

The lawmaker commended his colleagues for their passion to see that the state continues to grow and also for the historic exercise.

Recall that the House held separate public hearings on the bills on Wednesday with stakeholders expressing support.

Onitiri applauds Lagos lawmakers for working on Anti-Open Grazing bill

Activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, has praised members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for timely working on the controversial Anti-Open grazing bill, which has scaled second reading on the floor of the Assembly.

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In a statement, yesterday, Onitiri, he said the lawmakers have done well by responding to and obeying the voice of wisdom, reasoning of elders, yearnings and aspirations of the entire people of the state.

The Lagos State House of Assembly Anti-Open Grazing bill in one of its provisions prescribes 21 years jail term for armed herders involved in open grazing in any part of the state.

Onitiri said this was the only way to forestall impending hunger and economic downturn in the southern states, and put a stop to the incessant herders/ farmers clashes in the areas.

He said, all the southern governors should ensure that the Ant-Open grazing laws is passed in their respective states to prove that they mean business and they could bark and bite as well.

Onitiri also called on the Lagos House of Assembly to enact laws that would checkmate the nefarious activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in the state.

“The Lagos State government should as a matter of urgency also outlaw the illegal collection of fees by the NURTW which was put at a whooping N123 billion yearly.

“The money should be channelled to develop other areas of the economy, such as the completion of Lagos-Badagry Express Road, solve the problem of drainage and flooding in the city and provide required infrastructures, and jobs for unemployed teaming youths in the state,” Onitiri said.

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