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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja branch on Wednesday advices Lagosians who are land and property owners not to hurriedly pay the Lagos State 50 percent reduction of the Land Use Charge, LUC offered by Lagos State Government. land and property owners in Lagos State not to pay the Lagos State 50 percent reduction of the Land Use Charge, LUC offered by Lagos State Government.
The LUC was reviewed after an uproar by many stakeholders including the NBA.
Chairman of the NBA Ikeja branch, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, has described the so-called reduction  as a sham and called it, ‘Governor Ambode Toxic Tax Must Go’, GATT.
He further promised Lagosians that nothing less than 3,000 lawyers are ready to defend them in court in the event of government’s prosecution.
Calling on stakeholders, Ogunlana urged, “That no Lagosians should be in any hurry to pay the GATT. No payment should be made until the government listens and bows to the peoples will.
It also called on the parliament to within seven days publish in the newspapers the proposed draft of the Reviewed LUC Law of Lagos State for interested residents and stakeholders to study for adequate participation in public hearings that will precede any amendment and which amendment should be delayed until May 2018.
He further threatened that if Lagos government failed, NBA Ikeja will go on the street again on Thursday 29th March, 2018.
Ogunlana was appalled by the government’s measure to slash the tax and the news that the Lagos State House of Assembly, LAHA, set up a committee to review the LUC 2018 to reflect the purported rejection as well as its effort in inviting Lagosians to public hearing.
He reasoned that such call on a proposed legislation should be accompanied with a draft of the proposition and send to the invitee ahead of hearing.
He enjoined LAHA to do thorough job and publish to the world via all media the proposed amendment and give no less than a month for its study by concerned bodies before the hearing take place.
Ogunlana maintained that the NBA’s intervention is not against taxation or an increase, he however insisted that the taxes must be transparent, gradual, reasonable, legal and utilised.