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Lagos Assembly Passes VAT, Open Grazing Bills

Ololade Omosan-Agie

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the Value Added Tax Bill.

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

The House also passed the bill prohibiting open cattle grazing in the state.

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

Obasa commended his colleagues for their passion to see that the state continued to grow after the passage of the two important bills.

“I thank you all for this historic exercise,” Obasa said.

The House had held separate public hearings on the bills on Wednesday, with stakeholders expressing support.

Miyyeti Allah had pleaded with the lawmakers to drop the bill and allow them to continue with open grazing during the public hearing.

They said ranching would make cows to cost at least N2m per one while promising to ensure that their livestock would no longer be allowed to destroy farms.

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