- The controversial 2018 land use charge implemented by ex-Lagos governor, Ambode, has been revoked
- Rabiu Olowo, the state's commissioner for finance, said the government is reverting to pre-2018 land use charges
- Olowo also said the government has waived the land use charges for 2017, 2018 and 2019
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The Lagos state government has revoked the 2018 land use charge which was implemented by the past administration of ex-Governor Akinwumi Ambode.
Rabiu Olowo, the state's commissioner for finance, said on Wednesday, August 5, that the government is reverting to pre-2018 land use charges, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Olowo also said the government has waived the land use charges for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Recall that Ambode had announced a review of the land use charge in 2018, increasing the charge on a property solely occupied by the owner for residential purpose to 0.076% per annum from 0.0394%.
The rate for an investment property fully occupied by tenants or third party(ies) was increased from 0.394% per annum to 0.76%.
However, after outrage by Lagosians, the rate for commercial properties was reduced by 50% and 25% for owner-occupiers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Pastor Tunde Bakare, the general overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), formerly known as the Latter Rain Assembly had faulted the reopening of churches by the Lagos state government.
It would be recalled that back in March, Lagos state placed a ban on religious gathering to check the spread of coronavirus.
Bakare speaking during the church's online Sunday worship on August 2, warned against the government's directive in spite of the pandemic in order not to drive Christians like sheep to the slaughterhouses by reopening worship centres.
The cleric went on to note that if the government and health agency said there will be a peak of the disease in August, why should people rush and re-open churches.
He also said that though the state government can shut down churches, it does not have the right to force them to reopen.
While adding that the government might have bowed to pressure from religious leaders to lift the ban, Bakare urged the people to keep safe and do their best to keep alive by following all the necessary rules.
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