Members of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja Branch today, (Tuesday) made right their threat against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode by taking to the street to protest against the newly reviewed Land Use Charge Law in Lagos.
The NBA chairman, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, led members of the branch and others in the protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly Complex to make Ambode to reverse the new land use charge.
It would be recalled that NBA, Ikeja last week gave the Lagos State Governor, 7-days ultimatum to reverse increment in the new Land Use Charge and failure on the part of the government to adhere made them took to the street.
The anticipated March kicked off at 9:am from the NBA secretariat, Ikeja Lagos with members of the branch , civil society and leaders of non-governmental organizations.
During the long walk from the NBA secretariat to the Lagos House of Assembly, the protesters shared handbills with inscriptions,” Ambode Stop This Oppressive Land Use Charge; We Say No To Double Taxation.
However the protesters who were chanting solidarity songs under the scorching sun were received at the entrance of the Lagos State House of Assembly by security aides who barred the protesters from gaining access to the premises.
After much exchange the Lagos State House of Assembly approached the protesters who refused to be calmed down due to the fact that the gate was shut against them.
When the protesters who refused to dialogue with members of the House of Assembly were finally allowed into the premises after much drama, the NBA chairman presented a strong-worded letter which was addressed to Governor Ambode.
While reading the letter titled “Call For A Re-Think And Review Of The Land Use Charge Tax, All Other Excessive Taxes, Levies And Charges In Lagos State,” Ogunlana urged the Governor to reverse the LUC.
Ogunlana also held that the increment in tax will create hyper inflation in food, transport, accommodation, among others things for Lagosians.
“We urge our governor, to listen to wise counsel over this excessive taxes of government as imposed on the people and review same downward considerably.
“We also urge the Governor to suspend the application of the LUC law now for immediate review off tax extensive consultations with stakeholders.
The letter was received on behalf of the Governor and the Speaker of the House Of Assembly by Commissioner for Information and strategy , Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan.
While receiving the letter, Bamigbetan thanked members of NBA and assured them that the Governor will get back to them on their request.
“The Lagos State Governor is a leader with a listening ear and he will get back and their concerns and grievances is opened to dialogue.
Non governmental organisations present at the protest includes; Committee for the defence of Human Rights, CDHR, Joint Action Front led by Comrades Abiodun Aremu, United Action for Development, UAD, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA, amongst others.