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Rowdy Session As Senate Rejects Tinubu’s Bill On Special Grants To Lagos

Oluremi Tinubu, Melaye, Lagos State
Posted: Oct 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (20)

The senate witnessed a rowdy session on Wednesday after it rejected a bill seeking to make special provisions for federal grants to Lagos state.

The bill was sponsored by Oluremi Tinubu, a senator from Lagos central.

The upper chamber went into a heated debate after the bill was called for second reading.

Most of the senators who spoke on it took a sectional angle.

Philip Aduda, a senator from the federal capital territory (FCT)?, argued that if special consideration would be given to Lagos state, the same thing should be extended to Abuja.

Arguing for the bill, Olusola Adeyeye, senate chief whip, said that Lagos state deserved a special status because of its economic significance to the country.

“We have a governor that banned alcohol, and if my own people consume alcohol, that governor should not enjoy a kobo of value-added-tax (VAT) from my area,” he said.?

“If it is 13 percent for Bayelsa and Delta, it should be so for Lagos state from VAT.”

He described the FCT as a “rotten, spoilt child” because “the city does not pay tax to the federal government”.?

?”The FCT is a rotten, pampered child. But I withdraw my statement on that,” he said.?

“The FCT is being subsidised by the federal government. That must end??.”

After the debate, Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, who presided over the sitting, called for a voice vote to which a majority of members yelled “nay”, marking the end of the bill.

?Not satisfied with the outcome, Ekweremadu called for a voice vote two additional times, but the “nays” had their way.

Afterwards, there was momentary rowdiness, and the presiding officer tried repeatedly to call the senate to order but the cacophony continued.

Calm later returned to the senate.

Comments (20)

  • Victor Olatunji Oct 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm Victor Olatunji

    Let each state be entitled to 13% derivations from each state; I can’t imaging sharia state collecting money from beer and spirit taxes too. Nigeria still needs restructuring.

  • Prince Tennyson Oct 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm Prince Tennyson

    She thinks nigeria belongs to her nusband…giving PMB a platform to become president to give him audacity to propose selfish bills to the floor of the House…

  • Abdullahi Sarki Abubakar Chiranchi Oct 5, 2016 at 4:25 pm Abdullahi Sarki Abubakar Chiranchi

    Objectively debatable. While we might think, she is being selfish. Lagos state is the number one authority in this country, that can beat her chest and stand tall above all the Nigeria’s state shoud our bedeviled sources of revenues hit ground zero. remember when tinibu was in power there, and obj stoped their monthly grants for quite a long time? they lacked nothing. that was the genesis of their innovative (even though desperate) mode of internally generated revenue formulars. No shaking lagosians, the point is, it’s high time we gets nagetive about the nagetivity of not according prominence to population resources. there should be justice in numbers, seriously.

  • Arrahman Ismail Oct 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm Arrahman Ismail

    they are trying to solve national matters but she brought lagos state issue, while some state are dying of hunger (have deep thought on her bill) woman must be woman so sad for does that are still wondering why they did not pass that bill.

  • Oshungbure Olatunde Oct 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm Oshungbure Olatunde

    Lagos deserves special grant as a cosmopolitan city. With her large population more than that of Ghana where Nigerians or foreigner can easily settled with their businesses without molestation or discrimination. Granting lagos is to the advantages of Nigerians most especially residence of lagos. Senator Tinubu has nothing to loose for refusing to lagos special grant.

  • Dele Benvicsamp Oct 5, 2016 at 3:43 pm Dele Benvicsamp

    If lagos good 65% of family in Nigeria will benefit

  • Samuel Peter Oct 5, 2016 at 3:10 pm Samuel Peter


  • Samuel Peter Oct 5, 2016 at 3:10 pm Samuel Peter


  • Sanni Debonsky Oct 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm Sanni Debonsky

    Mrs Dino.

  • Mohammed Ibrahim Oct 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm Mohammed Ibrahim

    Why they reject

  • Rutherford M Jehoshapat Oct 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm Rutherford M Jehoshapat

    Eyaaaah. How are the tinubus fallen

    • Ibitayo Joseph Oct 5, 2016 at 4:35 pm Ibitayo Joseph

      who told u? are u the one falling or tinubus? think about it

  • Abdullahi Abdulkarim Oct 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm Abdullahi Abdulkarim

    That grant should go to places like North East instead. She is too selfish

  • Joe Nest Oct 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm Joe Nest


  • Edogi Enang Oct 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm Edogi Enang

    Special grant on what ground

  • Gama Cornelius Oct 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm Gama Cornelius

    Good for her! She think this bourghdilion house in lagos where she rules everything and everybody including her husband. Atleast the first time this idiots are making use of their brains!

    • Oshungbure Olatunde Oct 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm Oshungbure Olatunde

      You are not informed special grant is not for her family or for Yorubas alone.Lagos is a cosmopolitan city where different ethnic group do different businesses,granting that status is only going to help residence of lagos which accommodates a population that is more than that of Ghana.She has nothing to loose if not granted, its to disadvantages of residence or those that may be proposing coming to settle in lagos in future. Lagos is the only state that can stand without federal government allocation.

    • Arrahman Ismail Oct 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm Arrahman Ismail

      they can’t pass that bill pls. they are trying to solve nation matters not state. so let concentrate on the bill that will circulate.

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