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Lagosians visit banks to pay their land use charge


With the Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, kick-starting the payment of Land Use Charge last week Monday, Lagosians are trooping to the banks to make their payments, duly observing their civic duties as owners and occupiers of properties in Lagos.

The Lagos State Land Use Charge (LUC) is payable annually by property and building owners. It is a consolidation of ground rent, tenement rate, and neighbourhood improvement levy. Following the introduction of electronic payment for all forms of revenue remittance which brings an end to the cash payment in the state, residents can now use the e-payment, making it easier to pay anywhere and anytime.

This development will help Lagos State boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and block all financial leakages in ministries and parastatals, which will in turn enable the government discharge her responsibilities.

The LUC bill, which was reviewed by the Lagos State House of Assembly and signed into law by the governor on February 8, enables the correction of inefficiencies in the old law, which revealed that only a small fraction of properties in Lagos was remitting their Land Use Charges.

Renowned comedian, Mr. Gbenga Adeyinka, who paid his Land Use Charge on Tuesday, also advised other property owners to utilize the convenient e-payment platform introduced by the state.

“I went to the bank today to pay my Land Use Charge as a responsible resident of Lagos in order to take advantage of the 15 per cent discount before the deadline of April 14, 2018, and I implore property owners to do the same in order to improve living conditions in the state. This will also help the state government to provide better amenities and infrastructural development for property owners and residents of Lagos. It is a civic and moral duty to support the good work of this government for our benefit and for generations to come”.

Some properties are exempted from the operation of the law such as properties used for public, religious and charitable activities, properties occupied and owned by pensioners of 60 years and above, public cemeteries and burial ground and all palaces of recognized Obas and Chiefs in the state.

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