Nigeria Bar Association, Ikeja branch yesterday lambasted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State over the recent 400% increment in the Land Use Charge signed into law
The Bar therefore issued a seven day ultimatum to the state government to revert to the old charge or face massive protest by the people in Lagos next week Tuesday.
While addressing journalists at the Bar secretariat, Ikeja, the chairman of the branch, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, said the branch would embark on street protest tagged “walk the talk” to protest the over 400% increment in land use charge and another over 300% in car registration without consulting the people.
“To the horrible shock of Lagosians, they woke up a few days ago to learn about the hyper-inflated rate of the so called land use charge which the Governor of Lagos state has escalated upwards 400%”.
Another notable tax increase is in the car registration fee, another wacky 300% or so. In judiciary, filing cost of litigation has jumped astronomically, pushing genuine but financially weak grievances away from employing and enjoying access to legal and judicial justice,” Adesina said.
Adesina lamented that increment would heap more miseries on the masses whoare presently struggling to pay their rents and earn a living.
“If these regimes of tax were allowed to stay, Lagos State would be a living hell.
Even ordinarily in Lagos State accommodation is only cheap and easily affordable, that is for those who have the parks and under the bridge to sleep or dwell.
Clearly the sharp increase in ancillary property tax of the land use charge will have a bandwagon effect on all other services and function in Lagos State as owners of properties and services will automatically transfer other financial burdens to other cashmeres who will have to bear the burden or crumble under the weight,” he further lamented.
Adesina said that the government could not hide under developing Lagos into mega-smart city to kill Lagosians with what he called “pharaoric taxes”. He warned the governor not to make the people regret voting him into office.
“Must Lagos become a so called Paradise at the expense of lives and limbs of Lagosians? Ambode should not let people regret voting for him the first time and go on to reject him for a second term,” he warned.
pix caption: Chairman, NBA, Ikeja, Adesina Ogunlana in the middle during the press conference yesterday