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LAND USE CHARGE: LAGOS RESIDENTS TROOP TO BANKS TO MAKE PAYMENT

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With the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode flagging off the  payment of Land Use Charge on Monday, February 19, 2018, Lagosians have also trooped to the banks to make their payments, duly observing their  civic duties as owners and occupiers of properties in Lagos State.
The Lagos State Land Use Charge (LUC) is payable annually by property  and building owners in Lagos State. It is a consolidation of ground  rent, tenement rate, and neighbourhood improvement levy. Following the introduction of electronic payment for all forms of revenue remittance which brings an end to the cash payment in the state, residents of Lagos can now use the e-payment, making it easier to pay anywhere and anytime.
This development will help Lagos State boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and block all financial leakages in ministries and parastatals which will in turn enable the government discharge her responsibilities.
The LUC bill, which was reviewed by the Lagos State House of Assembly and signed into law by the Lagos State Governor on February 8, enables the correction of inefficiencies in the old law which revealed that only a small fraction of properties in Lagos State was remitting their Land Use Charges.
Renowned Nigerian comedian and Lagos State resident, Mr. Gbenga Adeyinka, who paid his Land Use Charge on Tuesday, February 27, also advised other property owners to utilize the convenient e-payment platform introduced by the state.
“I went to the bank today to pay my Land Use Charge as a responsible resident of Lagos State in order to take advantage of the 15% discount before the deadline of April 14, 2018, and I implore property owners to do the same in order to improve living conditions in the state. This will also help the state government to provide better amenities and
infrastructural development for property owners and residents of Lagos. It is a civic and moral duty to support the good work of this government for our benefit and for generations to come”.
In addition, some properties are exempted from the operation of the law such as properties used for public, religious and charitable activities, properties occupied and owned by pensioners of 60 years and above, public cemeteries and burial ground and all palaces of recognized Obas and Chiefs in the State.
Another Lagos resident, Mr. Oluwole Farinu, mentioned that paying his Land Use Charge enables him to exercise his civic duty and in turn helps the government provide more infrastructure like the building of roads, hospitals and providing security. ‘The Lagos State Government has tried to improve lives through better provision of infrastructure in the state’, he said.
According to Engineer Olayemi Ajala who noted that Infrastructural development is quite obvious in every corner of the state especially in areas like Epe, Surulere, Aguda and the Alapere dual carriage road, “Lagosians should support the Government more by paying their taxes in order to have improved growth and development.Payments can now be made at any branch of the 19 accredited banks in Lagos State as well as through WebPay, Paypoint, and USSD.
Caption: L-R: Engr. Olayemi Ajala, property owner in Lagos being presented with his Land Use Charge receipt by Mr. Odion Williams, Bank staff Guaranty Trust Bank (left) at the Bank’s branch in Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
Caption: L-R: Mr. Oluwole Farinu, property owner in Lagos being presented with his Land Use Charge receipt by Mr. kola Alao, Bank staff Guaranty Trust Bank (left) at the Bank’s branch in Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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COVID-19 Relief Package: Pastor Adeboye Donates Another N20 Million To Osun State Government

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Pastor E.A. Adeboye has made another donation of N20million to the government of the State of Osun to support the state government’s effort to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on the Osun residents.

Osun as at today, Friday April 3rd 2020 ranks 3rd amongst the states with confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 20 confirmed cases out of the total 198 confirmed cases in Nigeria as released by the NCDC.

The State no doubt would require all the support that it can get in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and the Twenty Million Naira (N20m) support which was transferred into the Osun State Government dedicated COVID-19 account domiciled with UBA is considered a timely support in this fight against COVID-19.

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The General Overseer noted that by the donation, the mission “ acknowledge the efforts of the state government in curbing the spread of the Virus in the state and prayed that God would put an end to COVID 19, not just in Nigeria but in the entire world in the mighty name of Jesus”.

This new donation is coming just as Pastor Adeboye made a donation of 8,000 Hand Sanitizers, 8,000 Surgical Face Masks and 200,000 hand gloves to support the efforts of the Lagos state government in equipping the medical staff with necessary protective gears needed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, March 31, 2020 at the Yaba Infectious Diseases Centre.

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It’s noteworthy that Pastor Adeboye has always been committed to contributing to the wellbeing of humanity and in particular Nigerians of all tongue, religion and belief.

This has shown in his continuous generous giving in various areas long before the outbreak of COVID-19.

It will be recalled that ahead of the Corona virus pandemic, Pastor Adeboye through the RCCG CSR delivered on the commitment of the church to strengthen and support the health system by donating 11 ICU beds fully fitted with Ventilators in Lagos, Ogun and Plateau States these facilities have immensely contributed to government’s efforts in the care for persons with acute medical needs.

 

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Why I Disregarded President Buhari’s Order On Closure Of Border-Aregbesola

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Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has revealed why he disregarded the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari as regards the closure of the Nigerian border.

Defending his decision to open the Nigerian border for returnees, Aregbesola said that every citizen has the right to return to his fatherland “at any time”.

The former governor of Osun State also added that it is embarassing to deny citizens entry into their country.

Speaking while answering questions from journalists at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on Thursday, April 2, he revealed that the Nigerian government signed an international treaty “that says no human being is stateless.

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According to him, “Every citizen of every nation has the right to return to his fatherland whenever he or she wishes regardless of the situation, even at war.

“We have signed into an international treaty that says no human being is stateless,” he said. ”We cannot deny our citizens entry into our nation. If we do that it will be embarrassing and not speak well of our nation.

“It is difficult for us to aggregate our responsibility to our nationals who return by land border. When they get to our land border, what the accredited officials of state do is to first determine they are Nigerians.

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“Once the issue of their citizenship is determined, the governments are contacted to find out if they could isolate them in their isolation centres.”

Recall it was reported a few days ago that the number of Coronavirus confirmed cases in Osun State increased from 2 to 14 after 12 persons tested positive in two days. The 12 confirmed cases were among the 127 people that came into the state from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on Saturday, March 28.
 

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Who Is This Lola, Presidential Aide, Bashir Ahmad Ask

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If Lola Omotayo-Okoye had any claim to fame in the past, it has been trashed by presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad.

Following Lola’s outcry about the whereabouts of President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, she has attracted criticisms from some people including Bashir Ahmad.

Lola Omotayo-Okoye had taken to social media to ask why Nigerians are being kept in the dark regarding the whereabouts of Kyari. She pointed out that there’s so much secrecy surrounding his whereabouts.

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In a video posted on social media, she said:  “Information is key. Do not lie to us. Do not keep away information.”

Reacting to Lola’s outcry, Ahmad reacted thus writing: “Though I really don’t know who this Lola is, but someone close to her should pls tell her to leave Abba Kyari to recuperate in peace, he’s in Lagos & responding well to treatment. If it’s caring she should also use the same energy to ask the whereabouts of other #COVID19 patients.”

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Lola Omotayo-Okoye who is the wife of singer Peter Okoye is also a mother.

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Below are reactions to Bashir’s tweet.

 

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