Nigeria

Lagosians back governor on VAT, ban on open-grazing

The Lagos State House of Assembly

Eight out of 10 residents of Lagos State have supported the recently signed Lagos State Value Added Tax Law and Anti-Open-Grazing Law.

This was established through a new poll conducted by FREDDAN Continental Services, a Public Relations and ICT Consultancy Firm, based in Lagos.

According to a statement signed by Mr Olufemi Lawson, the Executive Director of FREDDAN, and made available to newsmen on Thursday, the poll showed that the people of the state believed the domestication of the collection of VAT by the state government would improve the economic strength of the state to develop all sectors and enhance the people’s living standard.

The poll, which was supervised by the organization’s team made up of experienced development experts, media entrepreneurs and data analysts focused on the prevailing subject of discourse among the citizenry, particularly Lagosians, on the largest contributors to the VAT regime in the country.

Also, the poll through the data generated from the statewide survey showed concerns over the menace of farmers/herders conflicts, occasioned by the unpopular uncontrolled open grazing of cattle across the nation.

According to the statement, FREDDAN SMS poll was conducted on Sunday through Wednesday, and no fewer than fifty thousand residents were contacted.

The poll according to the firm, found no significant differences between respondents who have mainly subscribed to participate, before and after the eventual outcome.

The poll requested respondents if they were in support or not of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu proposed bill on VAT and anti-open-grazing recently presented to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The statement reads: “From a total number of 24,564 Respondents out of the over 50,000 who received the SMS poll, a total of 21,125 voted YES in support of the Governor’s decision, while 3439 voted NO against the VAT and anti-open grazing Bills, amounting to about 86 per cent to 14 per cent respectively.

“Analysis of the poll results shows, there is a popular acceptance of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration’s decision of these Bills and this cut across almost every section of Lagosians.”

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