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Senators Protest Passage Of Buhari's VAT Increase Bill

Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the details of the bill will only be made available at the committee level.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the details of the bill will only be made available at the committee level.

The federal government's proposed bill to effect changes in the Nigerian tax and fiscal law passed the second reading at the Senate.

The executive bill, which seeks among others, to raise the current Value Added Tax (TAX) from 5 percent to 7.5 percent, was on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, read for the first time at the red chamber.

According to Punch, the bill scaled the second in a series of legislative and executive steps to make the bill become law, on Wednesday, November 6.

Lawmakers however protested the passage of the bill, saying the non-inclusion of the details is worrisome and will not help them make informed contributions.

Senator representing Adamawa South, Yaroe Binus and Betty Apiafi who represents Rivers West, separately raised concerns about passing the bill without sufficient details.

Despite the senators' concerns, Senate President Lawan insisted that the bill be discussed without the details made available to senators.

Ruling the senators out of order, Lawan maintained that the details of the bill will only be made available at the committee level.

Source: https://www.pulse.ng/news/tax-bill-buharis-proposed-vat-increase-legislation-goes-through-2nd-reading/11dxg4y