A bill to review land use charge in Lagos state has gone through the second reading at Lagos state House of Assembly, in any event, that the bill becomes law, Churches, and Mosques in Lagos will be compelled to pay tax, the New Telegraph reports.
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 subsequently committed to the House Ad-hoc Committee on Finance headed by Yinka Ogundimu representing Agege II.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the law main focus is to help the Lagos state generate more revenue. He said that the House would not exempt religious organizations in the law “because most of the worship centres are making money.
In his words, Obasa said, “We could only exempt Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).” He also observed that only a few consultants were working with the state governments on the collection of land use charge was not good enough, hence the need for an increase in the number of consultants.
The Majority leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade had informed the House that the Bill would be going through second reading. Agunbiade stated that the bill would repeal the existing law on land use charge, adding that it was an Executive Bill.
He stressed that the bill would prohibit application of other relevant laws relating to land use. Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni supported the bill, saying that it would help increase the revenue of the state.
In support of the proposed law, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that it should give provision for certain approval by the state House of Assembly and called the attention of the House to the issue of enforcement of collection of the charges.
He frowned at a situation, where only about 300,000 houses were paying land use charges in a state with about two million houses.