Stakeholders on land matters in Osun State have appealed to citizenry to co-operate with the state government in the payment of tenement rate and land use charge in a bid to increase Internally Generated Revenue.
They made the remarks on Tuesday at a public hearing on Land Use Charge Bill organised by the state House of Assembly in Osogbo.
The bill is seeking for a law to make provision for the consolidation of all property and land-based rates and charges payable under the Land Rate Law, the Neighbourhood Improvement Charge Law and Tenement rates Law in the state.
It is seeking to incorporate the proposed law into a new Land-based charge, to be called Property Land Use charge to make provision for the levying and collection of the charge and for connected purposes.
The bill has passed through the second reading before the parliament.
The Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam said the bill if passed would improve the revenue of the state, ensure proper layout of towns and villages and ensure tidiness of the environment in the state.
He said now that the revenue accruable to the state could no longer sustain the desired development, there is the need to look inward to be able to generate more revenue.
He assured that the Assembly would continue to involve stakeholders, especially professionals in various fields in the business of lawmaking to ensure that the people get the desired result.
Also speaking, Professor Nurudeen Aluko, a representative of Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyor and Valuers, said the bill was a welcome development.
He recommended that religious centres with schools should not be exempted from the payment of the rate and charges as indicated in bill.
In his submission, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Land, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Wale Ojo, called for effective administration of the bill when eventually passed.READ ALSO – Service Delivery: Pugeo Shelters Rewards NSCDC Staff
He said, if the bill is effectively administered, it would improve the state’s IGR.
The representatives of other professional bodies, including the Nigeria Institute of Surveyor, Surveyor Adeboye O.A and Nigerian Institute of Town Planners said the bill, if passed would generate more revenue for the state.
The deputy Governor, Otunba Titi-Laoye Tomori, appealed to the people of the state to corporate with the state government in effective implementation of the bill when it is passed.
She said the developmental projects of the government have facilitated increase in the value of property in the state, saying, it is the responsibility of the property owners to reciprocate by paying appropriate charges.
According to her, there is the need for all stakeholders to support the government in harnessing potentials that could assist in the generation of revenue for further development of the state.
Also speaking, the Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Abdul Rauf Adedeji, appealed to the people to support government in its effort to improve IGR.