Lagos Assembly Reviews Land Use Charge Law

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Lagos Assembly Reviews Land Use Charge Law

Timothy Adegbola, LAGOS, Nigeria (GVE) – The Lagos State House of Assembly has reviewed the state’s Land Use Charge.

The House read for the second time, last week, a “Bill for A Law to Repeal the Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes”.

The Assembly committed the bill to the House Ad hoc Committee on Finance, headed by Yinka Ogundimu.

The Speaker of the house, Mudashiru Obasa, revealed that the proposed law is all about increasing the revenue generation of the state by bringing more houses into the net.

Obasa said a situation where only a few consultants were working with the state government on the collection of Land Use Charge was discouraging.

The Speaker, who noted that many buildings had yet to be captured in the tax net of the state, said there was need for more consultants.

“We need more consultants to do the job, so that the entire state can be covered in the collection of Land Use Charge”.

“Whatever tribunal that would be set up to deal with offenders should have the support of the government.

“On the issue of exemptions, we cannot exempt religious organisations because most of the worship centres are making money”.

“We could only exempt non-governmental organisations; however, let’s leave all in the hand of the committee,” he said.

The House Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who commended the bill, said it would help to increase the revenue of the state government.

The Chairman, Adhoc Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Gbolahan Yishawu, harped on the enforcement of collecting the charges.

He decried the situation, where only about 300,000 houses were paying land use charge in a state with over two million houses.

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