NBA Ikeja Asks Lagosians Not To Pay Ambode’s Land Use Charge; Mobilizes 3000 Lawyers For Free Legal Service
The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja branch has called on Lagosians to shun and not pay the Lagos State 50 percent reduction of the Land Use Charge, LUC offered by Lagos State Government.
Recall that the Land Use Charge was reviewed after an uproar by many stakeholders including the NBA.
Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, the NBA Ikeja Chairman who described the so-called reduction as a sham and called it,‘Governor Ambode Toxic Tax Must Go’, GATT vowed to fight on until people’s will prevails.
The legal practitioners went a step further by promising to defend them in court with nothing less than 3,000 lawyers in the event of government’s prosecution, the Nigeria Lawyer reports.
The firebrand lawyer declared: “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 people’s 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 invitees 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.
He assured Lagosians that NBA’s intervention is not against taxation or an increase, he posited that they should accept taxes that are only transparent, gradual, reasonable, legal and utilised.