For want of reducing financial pressure of inhabitants of Lagos residents, the Lagos state government said it has waved 2017 and 2019, while it revokes 2018 land use charges.

This disclosure was made by the Lagos state commissioner of finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo to journalists in Lagos on Wednesday

Olowo said the government reverted to pre-2018 land use charges.

He said the land use charges for 2017, 2018, and 2019 have also been waived.

According to him, the review is to reduce the financial pressure on Lagosians relating to land use.

The statement quoted Olowo as saying, “In 2018, there was an increase in Land Use Charge rate as well as the method of valuation of properties, this shock had a sporadic increase in Land Use Charge payable by property owners.

“In view of the aforementioned, the current administration decided to review the Land Use Charge law by reversing the rate of Land Use Charge to pre-2018 while upholding the 2018 method of valuation.”

The statement, made available by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, added, “Penalties for Land Use Charge for Year 2017,2018 and 2019 have also been waived. This translates to N5,752,168,411.03 potential revenue waived by the State.

“In addition to the reintroduction of the 15 per cent early payment discount, an additional COVID-19 incentive of 10 per cent will be granted on the total amount payable. This makes the total discount for early payment 25 per cent if payment is made before the due date.

“The penalty for obstruction of officials and damage to property identification plague has been reduced from N250,000 to N100,000.

“The penalty for inciting a person to refuse to pay LUC has been reduced from N250, 000 to N100, 000.

“The 2020 LUC Law introduced a 10 per cent and 20 per cent special relief for Vacant properties.

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