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Friday, December 29, 2017

Lagos to increase land use charge

A bill to review the current land use charges in Lagos State went through second reading at plenary yesterday.

Christened A Bill for A Law To Repeal The Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes, it was committed to the Ad Hoc Committee on Finance, led by Yinka Ogundimu.

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa said the bill was about increasing revenue generation.

Obasa noted that a few consultants working with the government on collection of land use charges was not good enough.

The Speaker called for an increase in the number of consultants.

He said: “We need more consultants to do the job so that the state could be covered in the collection of land use charges.

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 (NGOs).”

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