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WATCH as Senators Disagree over Bill Aimed at Granting Lagos State 1% of Total Revenue Generated by Federal Government

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A bill for an act to make provisions for federal grants to Lagos state was kicked out after causing a mild strife on the floor of the senate.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC – Lagos Central), and it seeks to establish “an Act to make provisions for federal grants to Lagos State in recognition of its (the state) strategic socio-economic significance and other connected purposes.”

The bill sought to ensure that Lagos is legally entitled to 1% of the total revenue generated by the Federal Government.

According to PUNCH, the Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, who supported the bill, queried why the FCT was being subsidised by the Federal Government whereas taxes were being paid for same government services in Lagos.

He also wondered why some Northern States that banned alcohol consumption were receiving benefits from the Value Added Tax (VAT) paid on alcohol in Lagos.

“In Lagos, all of us pay taxes; and all of this VAT is taken to Abuja. What we need to do is to say whatever is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If it’s 13% for Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers for (producing) oil, let it also be 13% for Lagos for the VAT paid there.”

Speaking on Fiscal Federalism, Adeyeye said: “Until we have fiscal federalism, Lagos will not work; Calabar will not work; the FCT will not work. By the way, the FCT is a rotten pampered child.”

His last sentence caused an uproar on the floor, prompting the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who preside of the session, to ask him to withdraw his statement.

Adeyeye withdrew his statement and said: My point remains that for everyone who lives in a house in Lagos, you pay tax. (In) Abuja, we don’t pay tax and, therefore, the FCT is being subsidised by the Federal Government. That must end! I won’t apologise for that. The FCT is not paying sufficient tax.”

Ikeweremadu later put the bill to a vote and the nays had it.

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15 Comments

  1. Muse

    October 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

    “The FCT is a rotten, pampered child”, including some states in the North – fact.

    The bill is DOA, what a bill… Beht, on a vewy sewiousz note, is passing a bill that would enable States be ” independent” too hard to formulate and pass?? To do things the right way is just too hard for us as a country.

  2. word

    October 6, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I really don’t know why I am reading ‘Tinubu’ instead of Lagos state in this headline

  3. word

    October 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Oh so I went ahead to read the body only to realise it was sponsored by his wife. Lol.

    • Bimbo

      October 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Don’t get why people would personalise everything and make it about politics. We all finish from university or apprenticeship and head to lagos. We put enormous pressure on the infrastructure in this city and yet when a bill is put forward to make money available to develop the city all some people see is tinubu !

    • molarah

      October 6, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you oh!

    • Seriously

      October 8, 2016 at 10:28 am

      I agree. It’s really common sense, no brainer. It’s like comparing New York to Alabama, no need for comparison just leave it. . NY has the highest number of billionaires, wall street, infrastructure, immigrants, businesses you have everything there. It starts from there and ends there. . It receives more detailed care, attention than any other states. Once you make it in NY, you are set anyywhere else in the U.S. The amount of money the FG pumps into that state just to keep it running everyday will blow your mind.
      Lagos is what makes Nigeria. If it completely breaks down the whole country is down. I guess everybody and their mama will return to their villages.
      The bill should be supported but with proper supervision and scrutiny to make sure money is spent on the needed things. Nigerians should give Tinubu some more credit, he must be doing some things right for Lagos to stand this far.

  4. Barrister

    October 6, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria, everybody wants to live there,even people from neighbouring countries ie Niger, Chad,Benin,Togo…..we know that most state governments loot funds meant for providing infrastructure for its citizens. So people move to Lagos for better life.
    See Shetima former Zamfara governor,the poster child for Sharia law kicking against the bill.
    These failed governors all in the Senate, use their gullible people during electoral campaign season by inciting tribal and religious bigotry……ie deportation of their people from Lagos. which they’re guilty of doing same….

    People have the right to live anywhere in the country,no right is ABSOLUTE! Absolute right leads to ANARCHY!!!!

  5. Barrister

    October 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria, everybody wants to live there,even people from neighbouring countries ie Niger, Chad,Benin,Togo…..we know that most state governments loot funds meant for providing infrastructure for its citizens. So people move to Lagos for better life.
    See Yerima former Zamfara governor,the poster child for Sharia law kicking against the bill.
    These failed governors all in the Senate, use their gullible people during electoral campaign season by inciting tribal and religious bigotry……ie deportation of their people from Lagos. which they’re guilty of doing same….

    People have the right to live anywhere in the country,no right is ABSOLUTE! Absolute right leads to ANARCHY!!!!

  6. yemite

    October 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    @bimbo. Is not the fault of Nigerian good citizen, is just the criminality that thiefnubu n his cohort as committed. That is the simple reason for most of Nigerian go against present lagos state government.

    • Sometimes Think

      October 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Is it not the most advanced and progressive state in Nigeria that you are talking about? So the political leader of that state should have no influence on affairs and business? Be there waiting for Jesus to join APC.

  7. #MadeInNaija

    October 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I initially laughed at this bill but wait…. This is the restructuring (true fiscal federalism)we have been talking about. and we have rejected it on a platter of gold. Why???? Imagine if all the States start earning 1% of FGN revenue generated in their various states and this can be increased maybe to 20%, 30% or even 50%….The Niger-Delta States will not complain again… God bless you Mrs Oluremi Tinubu as you are very intelligent. I urge you all to support this bill as it is not about Lagos or Jagaban dynasty but about empowerment of the 36 States. Niger-Delta Senators, no dulling o. Anamabra Senators, too, no dulling. Much Respect.

    • molarah

      October 6, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Loving your comment. I wish common sense like this can prevail, rather than this descent to tinubuphobia. It doesn’t matter who’s pushing it, this is a step in the right direction. It should just be done in the right way, and other states will feel the pressure to start adding value, rather than just waiting for manna from Abuja.

  8. Dinma Caruso

    October 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    This country is F***ked up. (excuse my french)

  9. nnenne

    October 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I thought the Federal government has the responsibility of maintaining certain infrastructures in Lagos like bridges ,since it was our capital before?

    If they are doing that, why the 1%?
    We must stop investing only in certain areas of the country. .That is why we have population explosion in Lagos because everything is locate there.. So Tom, Dick and Harry, troops there for jobs.
    Calabar, for instance can be another sea port.

  10. good girl

    October 6, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    i pity people who are arguing with the generality of the people who are not capable of thinking or planning for the future…

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