By Bright Bassey
The Lagos State Government has urged on property owners in the state to pay up their Land Use Charge on time so they can benefit from the 15% discount available for early birds, as well as to prevent their properties from being sealed.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, paying the Land Use Charge, chargeable on all landed properties in the state was a required by Law and part of civic responsibilities of citizens which is chargeable on all landed properties in the state.
Ayorinde stated that if the Land Use Charge was paid on time, the government would be able to use the proceeds in providing goods and services and promoting development in the state.
The commissioner explained that a charge administration system had been designed to enable seamless payment to be done at designated banks or through other payment options provided by the government like the POS at Land Use Charge offices as well as M–Payment platform of the State Government.
He said property owners who paid within 15 days after receiving the notice will attract a 15% discount while others who paid after 45 days will be sanctioned.
He, however, said there were penalties for failure to pay within the mandated period which included sealing up affected properties until outstanding penalties and administrative charges are paid.
Ayorinde warned that no person should pay cash to any government official or Land Use Charge officers but instead direct payments to the state government’s account and urged residents to contact the revenue complaints and information unit of the Office of Finance, Ministry of Finance should there be issues of any kind.