Plateau State governor, Simon Bako Lalong has signed 4 bills passed by the Plateau State House of Assembly into law at the New Government House, Little Rayfield Jos.
The bills signed into law include Plateau State Legislative Funds Management Law; Plateau State Judiciary Funds Management Law; Plateau State Property and Land Use Charge Law; and the Plateau Geographic Services Law.
While signing the bills into law, Governor Lalong said the new Funds Management Law for the Judiciary and Legislature will guide the implementation of the recently granted autonomy for the two arms of government, particularly in terms of financial management.
“These laws will further strengthen the two institutions by ensuring that funds are judiciously applied to the various needs of the Judiciary and Legislature. It will also assist the two arms to work within the framework of the MOU for the autonomy, which was arrived at after thorough engagement between the three arms.”
On the new Property and Land Use Charge and the Plateau Geographic Information Services (PLAGIS) laws, Governor Lalong notes they are significant in improving land administration in the state as well as boosting revenue generation.
He said, “As we sign the law on autonomy, there is greater demand for resources which must be sourced locally. One of the things that will give us financial freedom as a state is for people to pay charges on their properties which hitherto have not been collected. That way, we can get resources to develop the state and provide services. This law will also enable us to enumerate all properties as well as name streets and number houses across the state.”
Attorney general and commissioner for Justice, Barr Chrysanthus Ahmadu said the four laws are crucial for the good governance and economic development of the state, particularly as they border on revenue generation and land management.
He said with the new Property and Land Charge Law, all owners of developed landed properties whether with titles, building plan approvals or not, will be required to comply with all stipulated charges, while failure will attract sanctions, compliance will attract incentives.
The governor thereafter presided over the State Revenue Council Meeting.