The Centre for Public Accountability (CPA) has condemned the planned protest by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch and the seven-day ultimatum issued to the Lagos state Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, asking him to reverse the reviewed Land Use Charge or face court action.
The group, in a statement entitled “Lagos State Land Use Charge: Does The Rich Cry Wolf?” condemned the plan by Ikeja NBA to cause public riot in the state if the law was not reversed. In the statement, the group’s Executive Director, Comrade Olufemi Lawson said “need we remind the NBA Ikeja branch that other well meaning Lagos civil society organisations like ours are at liberty to rally round our members to equally protest the attempt of the Bar to instigate chaos in our state.”
The group insisted that there was nothing wrong with the reviewed law, saying that the Land Use Charge Law 2018, only repealed an earlier one of 2001. Besides, CPA explained the new law also consolidated ground rent, tenement rate and neighbourhood improvement levy “therefore, Lagosians would not be victims of multiple taxation.”
The NBA Ikeja Branch had in a press statement on Wednesday given ultimatum to the Lagos State government to jettison the new tax regime or face a mass protest by Monday, 12th March, 2018