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According to reports, the Lagos State Government would start taxing religious centres if the Land Use Charge review, which has passed the second reading at the state plenary, is passed into law.
The Lagos state house speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said the law is intended to generate revenue for the state.
The law, tagged “A Bill for A Law to Repeal the Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes” has reportedly been committed to the House Ad-hoc Committee on Finance headed by Honorable Yinka Ogundimu.
Obasa decried the current situation of a few collectors working with the state to collect the Land Use Charge, saying more are a need for the state to be completely covered. He said:
“We need more consultants to do the job so that the entire state could be covered in the collection of land use charge. Whatever tribunal that would be set up to deal with offenders should have the support of the government.”
He added that while Non-Government Organizations may be exempted from the bill, religious organizations will not “because most of the worship centers are making money.”
Recall that the Federal government already has a bill they are trying to pass to prevent the Church from controlling its own finances without the approval from the government.