LASG Begins Sensitisation on Land Use Charge

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Residents and property owners in Lagos Island, Lagos Island East, Eti-Osa, Ikoyi Obalende, Iru Victoria Island and Eti-Osa East Local Government/Local Council Development Areas have recently been visited by the Lagos state government as it has begun its sensitisation and awareness campaign on Land Use Charge matters.

According to a statement, this is an effort to inform and educate key stakeholders on the importance of the payment of Land Use Charge as well as to seek valuable feedback from residents.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Hundogan Temitope, said the primary objective of the programme was to encourage property owners to pay their land use charge bill as this is important for the development of the state; because there was an urgent need to improve the internally generated revenue of the government to meet up with the huge infrastructural projects in the State.

He said, “The Land Use Charge taxes are an integral source of internally generated revenue for the state government which is used for the provision of socio-economic infrastructure and amenities.”

With reference to the recent Blue Line rail transport system which has now begun commercial operations, Temitope emphasised that the development of any society is dependent on the adherence of its residents to the payment of their taxes.

He, however, frowned at the “untoward behaviour of some property owners who deny officials access to their properties” and urged them to “kindly cooperate with the state government by allowing officials designated to distribute bills to do their jobs without any attack.”

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Rural Development, Mrs Kikelomo Bolarinwa, pointed out the fact that the sensitisation is to enable the government ensure compliance on the payment of Land Use Charge bills, and that the payment is for the infrastructural development of the state.

In an overview of the Land Use Charge Law of the year 2020, the Director of Legal, Ministry of Finance, Mrs Veronica Oni, stated that the Law was signed by the Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on May 25, 2020, and it therefore gives the government the authority or right to collect Land Use Charge from residents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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