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The People Democratic Party (PDP) have on Friday advised the Nigerian Senate to put Nigerians into consideration by not passing the Value Added Tax increment bill.
PDP who further advised the Senate not to allow the President Muhammadu Buhari led executive to influence it into passing the anti-people VAT bill, said that the bill have been rejected by Nigerians.
Further alleging that the bill was hurriedly influenced to pass through second reading in the Senate, even when the details were not made available, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan said that failure to avail the details of the bill to the lawmakers confirmed its toxicity to the polity.
He urged the Senate leadership to bear in mind that Nigerians have rejected the bill, which is designed by the Buhari Presidency to increase VAT from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent not minding its attendant adverse economic effect on Nigerians.
Ologbondiyan said, “Such planned increase in VAT is insensitive, suppressive and if anything, will further impoverish Nigerians and worsen the prevailing agonising economic situation in the country.
“The National Assembly, as the true representatives of the people at the federal level, should, therefore, protect Nigerians by ensuring that such an anti-people policy does not receive a final legislative stamp.”