Lagos State Government has cancelled the controversial 2018 land use charge and reverted to pre-2018 land use charges. The Government announced this at a press briefing by Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo.

The government also waived penalties for land use charge for 2017, 2018 and 2019, which according to the Commissioner translates to a loss of revenue amounting to N5.6bn.

In 2018, the administration of Akinwunmi Ambode jacked up the land use charge which generated a lot of controversy as Lagosians denounced it. Governor Ambode succumbed to pressure and slashed the charges which were still resisted.  Given the ongoing economic hardship inflicted on Nigerians, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, observers say Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has no choice but to revert to the old rate as a form of palliative for Lagosians.

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