Lagos state assembly passes anti-grazing bill and VAT collection
The Lagos state house of assembly has passed the bill banning open grazing in the state. The bill was passed today after a clause by clause consideration of the bill.
The executive bill seeks to to see armed herdsmen jailed for 21 years. This is coming on heels of an earlier agreement by Southern Governors Forum (SGF) in July to outlaw open-grazing in their respective states before September 1.
Ten states, including Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, and Abia, have met the September 1st deadline. The house clerk, Olalekan Onafeko has been ordered by the speaker of the house to transmit the copy of the bill to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for assent.
In addition, the assembly also passed a bill for the collection of value added tax (VAT) in Lagos State. The state government had introduced the bill after a Port Harcourt Federal High Court, in its judgment last month, held that the Rivers State government had the powers to collect VAT within its territory.
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