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The Lagos State Government could begin taxing religious centers if the Land Use Charge review, which has reportedly passed second reading at the state plenary, is passed into law, New Telegraph reports.

The house speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said the law is intended to generate revenue for the state.

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” has reportedly been committed to the House Ad-hoc Committee on Finance headed by Honorable Yinka Ogundimu.

Obasa decried the current situation of a few collectors working with the state to collect the Land Use Charge, saying more are need for the state to be completely covered. 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.

He added that while Non-Government Organizations may be exempted from the bill, religious organizations will not “because most of the worship centres are making money.”

6 Comments

  1. shaeyi

    December 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Yes, this is overdue and full time pastors and Imams who earn salaries should also be taxed.

  2. TEE

    December 30, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Good news! come on center of execellence do it fast so all other states will follow.

  3. commenter

    December 31, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I see nothing wrong in taxing religious bodies but are the funds recovered from taxation fully entering the government coffers, back in the day when TF, LA and his cohorts were feeding fat of proceeds of tax there were no checks and balances.

  4. Kkay

    December 31, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Lagos State government how accountable are you for you IGR. Now you want to tax religious bodies? WHY? The members already pay taxes on their income and business profits. What they give to their churches and mosques are freewill offerings and that’s none of your business.Greedy politicians.
    GO AND TAX IFA, SANGO AND OGUN SHRINES NOW! They are also making money through ritual killing.
    Much as I am not for religious bodies that extort their members, it is still not government’s business to tax them. There are still some good religious bodies.
    Lagos State government do not set yourself up against God. You’ll just become a ruinous heap. Where are the famous Babylonian and Grecian Empires of yesteryears?

  5. Physio Tinu

    January 1, 2018 at 4:14 am

    I disagree with taxing religious organisations. The people who donate to them are already paying several taxes-salary, business, VAT on products bought, meals bought at restaurants. Why should the organisation’s be taxed again? If it is about increasing IGR, Lagos state should instead develop more efficient means of collecting taxes from those who should be paying.

    While the ubiquitous religious organisations and suspect lifestyle of some religious leaders leaves much to be desired let us be wary of setting dangerous precedents. No be only hammer we dey take stop fly.

    Finally, as much as I am reluctant to mention it, there’s the issue of who are those who make up the house of rep in Lagos state? Which religion do most of them practice? Let us profile their religion and we just may start another religious divide in Lagos state.

  6. 3ples

    January 2, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Finally!!!! its about damn time!!!!

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