Stella Dimoko Lagos Churches And Mosques To Pay Taxes


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Friday, December 29, 2017

Lagos Churches And Mosques To Pay Taxes

A bill that would review land use charge in Lagos state has gone through second reading on the floor of the state House of Assembly during plenary on Thursday, December 28.

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” was subsequently committed to the House Ad-hoc Committee on Finance headed by Yinka Ogundimu representing Agege II, New Telegraph reports. .

Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the law was all about increasing the revenue generation of the state.

He said that the House would not exempt religious organisations in the law “because most of the worship centres are making money.

”We could only exempt Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).”

Obasa observed that a situation where a few consultants were working with the state governments on the collection of land use charge was not good enough, calling for increase in the number of consultants.

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.

“On the issue of exemptions, we cannot exempt religious organisations because most of the worship centres are making money. We could only exempt Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).”

The Majority leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade had informed the House that the Bill would be going through second reading.

Agunbiade stated that the bill would repeal the existing law on land use charge, adding that it was an Executive Bill. He stressed that the bill would prohibit application of other relevant laws relating to land use.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni supported the bill, saying that it would help increase the revenue of the state.

In supporting the proposed law, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that it should give provision for certain approval by the state House of Assembly and called the attention of the House to the issue of enforcement of collection of the charges.

He frowned at a situation, where only about 300,000 houses were paying land use charges in a state with about two million houses.

*Excuse me oh,is land use charge not a one off thing?These law makers are helping the state generate revenue from the masses that are broke?


  1. "They" now see places of worship as "Buisness" or a "fund creation means" that's why they are eyeing their money.... I don't agree with this tho except I'm educated otherwise

    1. Don't they make money? So why are they exempt from paying tax?

  2. xcellent idea!!
    Glad sum1 has had a wake up call.
    *Sips red wine*

  3. Let them charge Churches and Mosques abeg. Their noise too much. Maybe this will discourage all those cockroach 419 prophets and pastors from setting up prayer houses on every corner of the street. They should charge for crusades too.

    1. Don't be soo excited yet. This might just make the noise to increase the more in trying to get more members to meet up.

  4. Land use is paid annually

  5. Ma, a Lagos landlords hardly qualifies as "Masses". The only issue is that tenants will pick up this tab along the line.

    Nevertheless, Lagos aspires to major cities like Tokyo, Berlin & New York. It can only achieve this thru progressive taxation part of which is land charge. The Land Use Act already vests the ownership of all land in the state in the governor.

  6. YES OOOOO, good move.
    I am shouting

  7. Very good and welcome idea. Let them start paying tax.

  8. Proudly Anonymous29 December 2017 at 20:16

    I hope the Lagos state government will not bow to the campaign of calumny & blackmail that will arise from this.

  9. Best news of 2017. Charge those money grabbers

  10. This is total rubbish, Tinubu sits and dictate to his puppets at the LSHA use charge anywhere is not ridiculous like it's done in Lagos, toll collections also ridiculous amounts ranging from 250-1000naira per pass, the idea of charging religious organisation is also very bad, this is targeted at the churches because the mosque/quran has a different approach to finance unlike Christianity/bible....Lagos is gradually losing alot to ogun state and they will still continue to loose....the Christian community must rise to the reality to checkmate Tunubus excesses, this is just the beginning.

  11. Good move. Let them start paying tax.


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