Parking levy constitutional, LASG replies Falana
The Lagos State government, yesterday, replied human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) over the controversy trailing the parking levy in the state, stating that the levy was constitutional.
Falana had lambasted the state government over the implementation of the setback parking levy on Sunday, describing the policy as illegal and urged the state government to withdraw it without delay.
But reacting yesterday, the Office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice stated that the Lagos State Parking Authority Law, 2018 empowers the Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to assign their powers in respect of collection of fees relating to parking in the state.
In a statement by Adebayo Haroun, Senior special Assistant to the Commissioner for Justice, it said by a mutual agreement, LGAs and LCDAs have assigned their powers to the state government to collect fees on parking in Lagos.
“In a similar circumstance where the Court of Appeal was called upon to interpret Section 7 and Fourth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) with regards to the Land Use Charge Law of Lagos, the Court of Appeal in Ola Animashaun Harimot Oluwabukola v. Attorney General of Lagos State in appeal No. CA/L/1046 delivered on November 19, 2018”