Senate Rejects Bill Seeking Special Grant For Lagos

Nigerian Senate in session


Proceedings at the floor of the senate became a little rowdy on Wednesday when a bill seeking special treatment for Lagos State in the sharing of federal revenue was turned down.

The bill tagged, “a Bill for an Act to make provisions for Federal Grants to Lagos state in recognition of its strategic socio-economic significance”, was sponsored by Oluremi Tinubu, wife of former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.

In the bill, Tinubu sought that one percent of the country’s annual revenue be given to Lagos state.

Supporting the motion, Chief Whip of the senate, Olusola Adeyeye suggested that 13 percent of the total money realised from Value Added Tax, VAT, be given to Lagos state.

Adeyeye said more money was generated from Lagos than even the Federal capital Territory, FCT, which he described as “a rotten pampered child.”




     

     

    The statement drew the ire of the senator representing the FCT, Philip Aduda, who demanded for the withdrawal of the statement.

    Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary in the absence of Senate President Bukola Saraki, then asked Adeyeye to withdraw it, and he did.

    The deputy senate president then put the motion to a voice vote and the nays had it.

    Reports say immediately after the rejection of the bill, the floor became noisy and the presiding officer, Ekweremadu, had a hard time restoring order.

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