- The Lagos state government is accusing some mischief makers of being behind the claim that it recently increased the rate for vehicle registration and number plates
- The government said the clarification was important because of inquiries from the public
- The information and strategy commissioner, Kehinde Bamigbetan, argues that the government is responsive and listens to the people
The government of Lagos, on Tuesday, March 13, debunked alleged rumours of increase in the cost of processing motor vehicle particulars and application for number plates, saying the rates remain the same across the state.
NAIJ.com reports that a statement by the information and strategy commissioner, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the clarification became necessary in response to inquiries by the public who, he said, are genuinely concerned about the rumours of increases in charges relating to the motor vehicle administration.
The statement quoted Bamigbetan as saying anyone with evidence of any increase in motor registration rates from any of the official centres managed by the Motor Vehicle Administration Authority (MVAA) should report to the agency or the transportation ministry.
“Although, the cost of maintaining the roads and expanding infrastructures which ease the operations of vehicles is enormous, the Lagos state government shall continue to bear the burden of keeping the roads motorable and safe for all users," he said.
Bamigbetan said some mischief makers were desperately exploiting the challenges posed to the government by the new land use charge law which seeks to raise more money for the provision of public infrastructures for the benefit of all, to misinform the public.
Earlier, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had also debunked insinuations that many tax items were reviewed upward, saying that the claim was not true.
Speaking to journalists after leading a symbolic walk against s*xual and domestic violence on Monday in Alausa, Governor Ambode said his administration was very sensitive to the people, and would not go all out to deliberately overburden them.
“I want Lagosians to understand one particular issue. We have over 300 tax items for which nothing has been touched apart from this land use charge and maybe one other.
"But again, we are a very responsive government; we are very sensitive because at the end of the day, governance is about the people; it is about what they want.
“Yes, people might like that infrastructural development is on the progressive chart in Lagos but also it comes with a price. But notwithstanding in the middle of all that, a responsive government will listen to the yearnings of her people.
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“At the end of the day, it’s all for the development of Lagos. What this government is interested in is to create a trajectory and framework of permanent prosperity for Lagos.
"It is not about today, it is about the future and if there is going to be permanent prosperity in Lagos, some things have to be done but I can tell you based on the dialogue and the things we have been receiving on the land use charge, obviously we would respond positively to those yearnings,” Governor Ambode said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch on Tuesday, March 13, commenced the much talked-about protest against the reviewed land use charge law in Lagos state.
The NBA chairman, Adesina Ogunlana, led members of the branch and others in the protest despite speculations that the protest may not hold.
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