Amended Land Use Charge Law coming, says Lagos Speaker
Expect a Land Use Charge Act (LUAC) with human face, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly Mudashiru Obasa has assured Lagosians.
The Speaker, however, foreclosed rolling back the property law as he explained that the law, now undergoing review, was enacted in the overall interest of Lagos residents.
Obasa spoke yesterday on the occasion of the third edition of the House of Assembly’s yearly parley with the media and civil society organisations in the Lateef Jakande Auditorium.
He was fielding questions from stakeholders after presenting the lawmakers’ scorecard in the past three years.
The Speaker said: “The Land Use Charge Act is in the interest of all. We all acknowledge that there is development across the state. Resources are required to sustain infrastructural development in Lagos State. So, we need the law
“But a committee is working on it and very soon, the House will come up with law. I can assure you that whatever the outcome will be in the overall interest of the people.”
On the request of the state to be granted a ‘Special Status’, the speaker said the House will sustain the agitation until it is achieved.
He urged Nigerians to support the state, being the nation’s industrial hub.
Obasa said the House under his watch passed nine bills and 45 resolutions in the past 12 months, explaining that proper representation of the constituents is as important to the lawmakers as law making.
“In the year under review, however, we continued to blaze the trail in formulating laws for the benefit of the good people of Lagos State and in the promotion of a truly inclusive, participatory, open and people-oriented democracy.
Since last year, when we met like this, we have successfully passed a total of nine bills into laws while we have also made 45 resolutions. Some of these laws address issues related to our environment, power and energy sector, transport, as well as education.
“As stated above, resolution, as a powerful legislative instrument, has been used in tackling various issues that directly affect us as Lagosians.
“For instance, the need to preserve our cultural heritage from going into extinction necessitated the resolution of the Lagos State House Assembly to call for a compilation of buildings of architectural value and longstanding history that are relevant for preservation.”