The Senate has urged Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed to educate the citizens on the proposed increase of Value Added Tax, VAT from five percent to 7.5 percent and its consequences.
According to the Senate, the explanation is important since Nigerians would like to know the precise items excluded from the tax hike, especially food items.
This was revealed recently in Abuja when the Finance Minister appeared before the Senator Solomon Adeola led Senate Committee on Finance at a pre-public hearing briefing.
The Senate believes Nigerians would wish to react to the VAT hike, but they need public enlightenment on it first.
We await Zainab’s response to this.
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan is a Nigerian senator who represents the All Progressive Congress in the Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State. He became a senator in 2007. In 2019, he emerged the new Senate President of the 9th National Assembly with 79 votes cast to beat Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume with 28 votes.
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan born (1959) was a lecturer with a Nigeria federal university of Maiduguri, Borno North-Eastern state and a politician and senator now the president of the Nigerian senate. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Maiduguri in 1984. a Master’s degree in Remote Sensing from the Ahmadu Bello University and a Doctorate degree in Remote Sensing/GIS from Cranfield University, UK, in 1990 and 1996 respectively.
Elected to the House of Representatives for the northern state of Yobe in 1999, at different times Lawan chaired the House Committees on education and agriculture.
After meeting with the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 6, 2019, Senator Danjuma Goje stepped down for Senator Lawan from the Senate Presidency race. On June 11, 2019, Senator Ahmed Lawan of APC was elected and sworn in as the Senate President of the Nigerian 9th Assembly, after defeating his opponent, Senator Ali Ndume who is also an APC Senator. Senator Ahmed Lawan defeated his opponent with 79 votes to 28.