The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communications, Mr. Akeem Sulaimon has declared that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode meant well for the people as the proceeds from the Land Use Charge, LUC is meant to upscale infrastructure in the State.
Speaking to members of various Community Development Associations, CDAs, at a stakeholder’s meeting held at Ikeja, Lagos, he said the fund needed to revamp and construct new infrastructures in the State necessitated the need to review the LUC law which had not been reviewed for the past 17 years as stipulated by the law.
Sulaimon stated further that because the Ambode led administration is a compassionate government, it reduced the LUC by 50 percent with lots of incentives attached, adding that the increment was not meant to impoverish the people.
In his words, “For the government to continue to deliver and upgrade infrastructure in the State, the government needs money. Since the advent of this government, the value of properties has gone up. The government means well for the people, whatever issues you have, we will continue to engage you in dialogue”.
“Governor Ambode has magnanimously reduced the LUC and made it possible for installment payment so that people could spread their payment at their own convenience”, he added.
The Special Adviser also disclosed that the State government had approved 270 projects to be executed across the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, noting that details of 100 out of the total projects selected would soon be released.
“This shows the State government’s commitment to the grassroots development which will eventually transform the rural areas into an enviable haven and an ideal environment for business, investments as well as for the improvement of the socio-economic life of the residents” he stated.
He said the stakeholders’ meeting was to make the government feel the impulse of the people at the various communities so as to find out their various challenges and identify the way out.
While reiterating the present administration’s commitment to all-inclusive governance, Sulaimon charged the CDAs to guard jealously and project government projects in their communities from vandals and miscreants as development should be seen as a collective responsibility.
Also speaking at the meeting, Mr.Fola Lasisi, Special Adviser to the Governor on Taxation and Revenue Matters, said the LUC had been packaged in such a way that property owners would pay with ease.
He said with the new provision, property owners could calculate how much they would pay without anybody cheating them.