Ekiti unveils ‘no tax no building approval’ policy
Henceforth, any prospective homeowner and private investor who wants government’s building approval or is seeking permit to develop any piece of land in Ekiti State must show evidence of paying appropriate taxes.
A government team will execute the new directive and assess the value of the land, type of structure being proposed among other steps to either accept or reject the submitted documents.
Already, the state government has concluded plans to hold an interactive seminar with professionals and others related to the building industry in both the private and public sectors.
This formed part of the meeting the State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, held with the management and staff of the Ministry of Lands in Ado-Ekiti, who said a retreat would be organised where those in the industry from all sectors would rub minds.
In a statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the governor also gave the directive that some temporary staff be employed by the ministry to further boost its enforcement capacity .
He also directed that some motorcycles be purchased; while he released a brand new pick up van for the Ministry. Fayose, however, warned that any official of the ministry found wanting would be severely dealt with.
“The ministry is supposed to be one of the cash cows of the state government. In other states, they generate huge revenue from the Ministry of Lands because people have to build. I am not impressed with the performance of the ministry so far. What we have are unapproved structures springing up everywhere. We also have a situation whereby people were given approval after being poorly assessed.
“Approving officials must be guided in what they do. They must not make themselves scapegoats on matters that do not concern them.”
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