UPDATED: Lagos Joins Rivers, Passes VAT, Anti-Open Grazing Bills

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    The Lagos State House of Assembly, on Thursday passed the Value Added Tax (VAT) bill into law.

    The lawmakers also passed the bill banning open grazing in the state.

    Lagos has therefore joined Rivers State to pass a law mandating it to collect VAT in her domain.

    The two bills were passed after unanimous votes by the lawmakers during Thursday’s plenary after they were read for the third time.

    The passage of the bills comes a day after the lawmakers held separate public hearings with stakeholders who declared their support for them.

    Following the passage of the bills, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, commended his colleagues for their passion to see that the state continues to grow.

    “I thank you all for this historic exercise,” he told the lawmakers at the legislative chamber of the Assembly in Alausa, Ikeja.

    Obasa also directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit clean copies of the bills to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for assent.

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