UPDATE: How Senate blocked Tinubu’s bill seeking special status for Lagos

Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate

The Nigerian Senate has voted against a bill seeking special status and federal grant for Lagos State.

The bill sponsored by Oluremi Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress Senator representing Lagos Central, was rejected on Wednesday after failing a voice vote called by Ike Ekweremadu.

Consequently, the bill, SB 112, failed to scale second reading for committee stage.

It sought one per cent of federally generated revenue as special grant for Lagos State in view of the former Nigeria capital’s socio-economic significance.

The bill also seeks to compel the Federal Government to recognise Lagos as the country’s commercial capital.

But the development did not go without uproar following comments by supporters and opponents of the bill.

While making case for the bill, Senate Whip, Olusola Adeyeye (APC-Osun), raised concerns over the country’s revenue pattern.

“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.”

Because the Federal Capital Territory does not pay tax to the federal government, Mr. Adeyeye described the Nigeria capital as a “rotten, spoilt child”.

Mr. Adeyeye’s comment apparently drew the irk of his colleagues, some of whom were heading for the door before Mr. Ekweremadu asked that the comment be withdrawn.

The Osun senator withdrew his comment on the FCT.

‎The Senator representing FCT, Philip Aduda, said should Lagos be given special status, Abuja should also be given similar consideration.

He noted that the FCT still has many areas that need development.

Mr. Ekweremadu called the voice vote three times. But each time majority of the members yelled “nay”, thereby blocking the bill from passing to the committee stage.


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  • Folahan

    I hope all those that shouted nay would not come back and start talking about restructuring and complaining about too much power to the center. Lagos deserves to earn a percentage of it revenue that it generates from VAT

    • Abidilagungun

      What they should do is to make VAT a state tax

      • Ashibogu

        Gbam! Some States shield their people from paying VAT but are quick to share from VAT paid in other states. This development places more disposable income in the hands of their people which invariably boost the local economy. It is pure cheating! States should collect VAT.

        • Henry

          That is what they should pushing for not singling lagos alone. But Vat should not be state thing to be able to moderate it

          • SeniO.


  • Ashibogu

    Hope the rejection will not create Lagos Avengers. Kano State bans the sale of alcohol in the State through its Shariah Police Hisbah but collects VAT from alcohol sold in Lagos State. The thing no pure at all!

    • Henry

      Is it only lagos that consume alcohol?

      • SeniO.

        Surely not. He just used the alcohol as an example. The senator’s point is most likely that Lagos generates a very significant portion of VAT contributions in federal purse. She however failed to lobby before talking…

      • Ade Omowest

        Okay, I am re-framing Ashbogu’s statement!!! VAT generated from sales of alcohol in non-Sharia States is being fully enjoyed by the Sharia compliance States, is that not haram (ungodly)? This is unfair just like the 50% derivation principle is being denied the minerals (including oil/gas) producing States. Fiscal/political federalism is the solution to Nigeria problem and not secession as being agitated by the disgruntled Biafraud and Bokoharam terrorists. .

  • ed

    Lagos government should tax the vat to repair the port, the road, the water and other things that produced the income. 13% is too small.
    50% for The mallas in Abuja. 50% for the maintenance of the state that produced the money. Wise up Lagos.

  • Sir Demo

    Will anything good come from this Senate? Restructuring is purely a legislative affair and up till now,mothers is not even a single mention of a bill to that effect! For our elders shouting and wailing, direct your diatribes to the NASS.

  • dami

    interesting debate…it also shows how to get more revenue recognition and actual revenue…instead of agitating like thugs.
    this is what our brothers from the SS should be doing…instigating bills to correct the perceived wrongs…but no even their so called leaders don’t want to do this…

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  • Papis Cruz

    A great bill sacrificed and slaughtered in the alter of partisan and ethnic politics. They may have rejected the bill because it was sponsored by Tinubu,s wife. Lagos remains the economic capital and should be giving a special status.

    • Maverick

      Shut up. Is it not our Niger-Delta money that they used to build Lagos? If FG didn’t block South South seaports we wouldn’t be importing through Lagos. Lagos is a parasitic state. If the Federal government didn’t congestion their investments in Lagos, would it have been what it is now?

      Thank God you have confessed that the messenger is bad. Even if she had presented a good bill it would have died the same way because of their family evil records.