The Lagos State House of Assembly has successfully passed a bill to check land use through second reading. The law tagged “A Bill for A Law To Repeal The Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes” was presented on the floor of the House during plenary on Thursday, December 28. Afterwards, it was committed to the House Ad-hoc Committee on Finance headed by Yinka Ogundimu representing Agege II, Jainda.com reports.
Only 300,000 Houses Pay Land Use Charge
According to the Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the law was all about increasing the revenue generation of the state. He said the House would not exempt religious organisations in the law because “most of the worship centres are making money”.
”We could only exempt Non Governmental Organisations”.
Continuing on the collection of land use charge he observed: “We need more consultants to do the job so that the entire state could be covered. Whatever tribunal that would be set up to deal with offenders should have the support of the government”
On exemptions, he said “…we cannot exempt religious organisations because most of the worship centres are making money. We could only exempt Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).”
Hon Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority leader in his submission stated that the bill would repeal the existing law on land use charge. He added that it was an Executive Bill. He stressed that the bill would prohibit application of other relevant laws as regards land use.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni while supporting the bill, said it would help increase the revenue of the state.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu in his reaction frowned at a situation, where only about 300,000 houses were paying land use charges in a state with about two million houses. He said it is unacceptable.