The distribution of the 2018 land use charge demand notices in Lagos state started recently.
This notices given to owners of properties across the state has sparked off protests from residents of Nigeria’s mega city – The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja Branch today, Tuesday, March 13, held a protest against the policy, commenced the much talked about protest against the reviewed land use charge law in Lagos state.
The NBA chairman, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, lead members of the branch and others in the protest despite speculations that the protest may not hold.
According to Daily Independent, attempts by the Lagos state police commissioner to stop the protest failed.
However, the police later agreed to provide security cover for the lawyers. Addressing the protesters this morning, Ogulana urged them to be peaceful and focus on the objective of the strike, which, he said, “is a clear no to oppressive tax regime.”
According to the Lagos state commissioner of finance, Akinyemi Ashade, the state House of Assembly decided to review the law in the light of some of the inefficiencies that had become associated with the old land use charge act.
He added that the state government is very mindful of the impact of the current economic situation in the country on residents of the state, pointing out that the new land use charge regime has several inbuilt reliefs for Lagosians.
Source: Daily Independence