Senate rejects Lagos plea for special grant


After a rowdy session, senators have rejected a bill for an act to make provision for a Federal grant to Lagos State in recognition of its strategic socio-economic significance to the country.

Tensions characterised the debate at the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

The problem ensued when Senator Olusoshola Adeyeye, representing Osun Central, in his contribution, alleged preferential treatment for Lagos ahead of other states.

He likened the state to a “pamper child.”

The statement angered Senator Philip Aduda, representing the Federal Capital Territory, who immediately demanded the withdrawal of the statement by Adeyeye.

Most senators from the northern part of the country supported the call by Aduda.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, intervened, demanding that Adeyeye withdrew his statement.

The senator eventually complied with the order.

This paved the way for Ekweremadu to put the bill into voting.

Senators unanimously voted against the bill.

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