The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Branch has given Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, a 7-day ultimatum to immediately reverse the new land use charge recently announced by his government or face a mass street protest next week Monday.
The NBA branch Chairman, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana made this known yesterday, during a press conference held at the NBA Secretariat, Ikeja.
In his speech titled, ‘Hell Tax Must Go’, Ogunlana said it is clear that if these regimes of tax are allowed, Lagos State would be turned into a ‘Toxic Environment and a living hell’ for Lagosians.
The NBA Chairman said Lagos State Government cannot hide under “Developing Lagos into a Mega Smart City” to kill Lagosians with Pharaoic Taxes”.
He said the increase in property tax of the Land Use Charge will have an adverse effect on all other services and function in Lagos state as owners of properties and services will automatically transfer other financial burdens to their customers who will have to bear the burden or crumble.
He explained that it is absurd that the Governor is seeking dialogue after its government has deliberately and selfishly created the situation in the first instance.
“We think it is highly absurd for the Governor of Lagos State to be seeking dialogue over the issue of the hellish tax regimes after his government has deliberately and selfishly created the situation in the first instance.
“Consultation ought to come before Legislation and not the other way round. Our respectful and sober view is that the government of Lagos State has lost sync with the difficult and harsh realities of life of the people of Lagos and has taken their support and goodwill for his government for granted.
“Ambode should not let people regretting voting for him the first time and go on to reject him for a second term.
“Few weeks ago, Lagosian woke up to learn about the hyper-inflated rate of the so called “Land Use Charge” which the Governor of Lagos has escalated upwards 400%.
“Recently, one of our colleagues who regularly pay the sum Of under N140,000 as LUC for office building received a notice of the LUC demand, he is now to pay the amount of N2million.
“If these tax rates are allowed, Lagos state would be turned into a ‘Toxic Environment and a living hell’ for Lagosians.
Ogunlana demands for a scrapping of the move by the Lagos State Government, by its new tax regime to turn the state into a hell.
“Life will become not only too expensive but volatile and dangerous.
“The Government cannot hide under “Developing Lagos into a Mega Smart City” to kill Lagosians with Pharaoic Taxes,” he said.
“If by Monday 12th of March, 2018 the Lagos State dues suspend or jettison the new land use charge rates, car registration fees, Litigation fees, NBA Ikeja Branch shall conduct a Walk the Talk Protest in Lagos as phase 2 of the struggle against the Economic Genocide Lagos State Government is waging against Lagosians”, Ogunlana added.