- A member of the House of Assembly in Lagos, Abiodun Tobun has given some clarity on the Land Use Charge
- Tobun said that the state government has the intention of bringing all-round development for every Lagosian
- He said that the rich in the state are trying to frustrate Governor Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
In reaction to comments and reactions to the newly-introduced Land Use Charge in Lagos by the state government, Abiodun Tobun representing Epe Constituency I, has shed light on some grey areas regarding the levy.
Tobun, who is the ad hoc committee chairman on works and infrastructure said that the bill is not as cumbersome as people make it appear, emphasing that the rich in Lagos are making efforts to frustrate Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Vanguard reports.
Tobun remarked that the intention of the state government is bring about all-round development for everyone. The lawmaker said: You would see that the government wants to develop all the parts of the state. If you are thinking of generating money from the rural area to develop the place, you will not get anything.
"Go to Ikorodu, how many commercial houses do you have there that can generate revenue to develop the place? Tell me how many commercial houses in Badagry or Epe that can generate money to develop the areas. There is none."
He explained that the LUC will take care of development levy, and tenement rate in a way that no one will disturb Lagosians about any such levies any more. Tobun affirmed: "The Land Use Charge is a tax that includes development levy, tenement rate, and land use charge. So, nobody would collect tenement rate or development levy from you any more.
"Commercial and residential property enjoy 40 per cent of the value of their property. The same material used for a house in Victoria Island, Epe or Badagry would be different in value."
He said that the state government has plans to build houses and employ youths in various endeavours. Tobun remarked: "The government plans to build 20,000 houses in the next three years for the masses. This government was able to recruit and employ so many young graduates.
"They have employed about 20,000 youths, who would marry and take care of their children. The rich people are the major problem and not the poor because if you are not so rich, you would not build a commercial house, you would build the one you could live in with your family.
"If you are rich, you would build the one you are going to live in and the one you would rent out to the poor. We are now saying that you should pay part of that money to the government, which they would use to develop those areas and which the government would use to build houses for the people."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, had rejected the 50 per cent reduction of the Land Use Charge recently reviewed by the Lagos state government.
The chairman, Adeshina Ogunlana, told the newsmen on Thursday, March 15, that the reduction by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led-administration was “unacceptable”.
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