Lagos To Tax Churches And Mosque From 2018
The desire to jack up its internally generated revenue (IGR) for development by 100 per cent by the Lagos State Government, has brought about a bill that would review Land Use Charge in the state and it had gone through second reading on the floor of the State House of Assembly during plenary yesterday.
The law that has been 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 Adhoc Committee on Finance headed by Hon. Yinka Ogundimu.
If what is credited to Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa is to be believed, the law was all about increasing the revenue generation of the state. Obasa in his speech observed that a situation where a few consultants were working with the state governments on the collection of land use charge was not good enough, calling for increase in the number of consultants.
He said: “We need more consultants to do the job so that the entire state could be covered in the collection of land use charge. Whatever tribunal that would be set up to deal with offenders should have the support of the government.’
He went fruther to say “On the issue of exemptions, we cannot exempt religious organisations because most of the worship centres are making money. We could only exempt Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).” Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade had informed the House that the Bill would be going through second reading.
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