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Second Quarter: Lagos Assembly Passes Five Bills



The Lagos State House of Assembly has from January this year till date passed five bills into law.

LEADERSHIP checks show that the Bills passed are, Land Use Charge 2018, Lagos State Electric Sector Reform Law 2018,  and Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (Amendment) Law.

Others include, Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018 and Lagos State Teaching Service Commission Law, 2018.

Out of the bills passed, the Land Use Charge Law generated a lot of reaction leading to protest by Lagos State Chapter of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and Joint Action Front (JAF).

The Lagos state government reacted immediately by reviewing downward taxes on buildings annually and introduced payment by installment for property owners.

The government also waived completely charges on late payment which was earlier enforced on property owners.

The downward review however had to be backed by Law hence it was referred back to the State Assembly for legislation.

The Assembly referred the Law to Ad-Hoc Committee on Land and a Public Hearing on downward review of the Land Use Land Use Charge followed almost immediately.

Chairman, Lagos state chapter, Nigeria Bar Association Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, alongside members of JAF however staged a walkout at the Public Hearing on the premise that the Law was not made available for stakeholders to study and make meaningful input before the proposed amendment.