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Osun Stakeholders Advocate Payment Of Charges On Property

Posted: Nov 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo

Osun State House of Assembly yesterday began pulic hearing on Land Use Charge Bill already before the state lawmakers.

The public hearing held at the Lawn of the assembly had in attendance all statkeholders including traditional rulers from across the state, professional bodies, civil organizations, students and others.

The bill which is from the executive arm of government in the state is seeking for a law to make provision for the consolidation of all property and land-based rates and charges payable under the Land Rate Law, the Neighbourhood Improvement Charge Law and Tenement Rates Law in the state.

It is seeking to incorporate the proposed law into a new Land-based charge, to be called Property Land Use charge to make provision for the levying and collection of the charge and for connected purposes.

The bill has passed through the second reading before the parliament.

The stakeholders on land matters in the state had appealed to citizenry to corporate with the state government in the payment of tenament rate and land use charge in a bid to increase Internally Generated Revenue.

The Speaker, Najeem Salaam, said that the bill if passed would improve the revenue of the state, ensure proper layout of towns and villages and ensure tidiness of the environment in the state.

He said now that the revenue acruable to the state could no longer sustain the desired development, there is the need to look inward to generate more revenue.

He assured that the Assembly would continue to involve stakeholders, especially professionals in various fields in the business of lawmaker to ensure that the people get the desired result.

Also, Professor Nurudeen Aluko, a representative of Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyor and Valuers, said that the bill was a welcome development.

He recommended that religious centres with schools should not be exempted from the payment of the rate and charges as indicated in bill.

In his submission, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Land, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Wale Ojo, called for effective administration of the bill when eventually passed.

He said, if the bill was effectively administered, it would improve the state’s IGR.

The representatives of other professional bodies, including the Nigeria Institute of Surveyor, Adeboye O.A, and Nigerian Institute of Town Planners said that the bill, if passed would generate more revenue for the state.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Titi-Laoye Tomori, appealed to the people of the state to corporate with the state government in effective implementation of the bill when it is passed.

She said the developmental projects of the government have facilitated increase in the value of property in the state, saying, it is the responsibility of the property owners to reciprocate by paying appropriate charges.

According to her, there is the need for all stakeholders to support the government in harnessing potentials that could assist in the generation of revenue for further development of the state.

Also, the Akinrun of Ikinrun, Oba Abdul Rauf Adedeji, appealed to the people to support government in its effort to improve IGR.