NBA, Civil Society Groups Storm Lagos Seat of Power

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Mr. Adesina Ogunlana
Mr. Adesina Ogunlana
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NBA, Civil Society Groups Storm Lagos Seat of Power

The lawyers led by their Chairman, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana and other leaders of civil societies and non governmental organisations called on the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his lawmakers to suspend the application of the reviewed Land Use Charge law as he opined that such stiff tax will create hyper inflation in food, transport, accommodation, among others things for Lagosians.

Mr. Adesina Ogunlana
NBA Ikeja Branch Chairman, Adesina Ogunlana, addressing protesters under the Ikeja Bridge early this morning

Addressing the protesters who were mostly lawyers early this morning, Mr. Ogulana urged them to be peaceful and focus on the objective of the protest, which he said is a clear no to oppressive tax regime and the excessive increase of the land use charge.

In his appeal letter handed to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, who represented the governor and the Speaker who were unavoidably absent, the Ikeja Bar Chairman, Ogunlana said, “We urge our governor, to listen to wise counsel over this excessive taxes of government as imposed on the people and review same downward considerably. Please, suspend the application of the Land Use Charge law now for immediate review, have tax extensive consultations with stakeholders.”

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NBA Ikeja Protest
NBA Ikeja Protest

Adding that he is optimistic that being “A good Christian you certainly will not act the King Rehoboam of the Bible who rejected advice to lessen the tax burden of his people and who said, my father whipped you with cane but I will whip you with scorpion.”

Meanwhile representatives from the office of the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly welcomed the protesting legal practitioners in company of the Majority Leader, Honourable Agunbiade S.O.B, Hon. Ramon Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon. Olulade, Chairman House Committee on Health, and Mr. Sanni, Clerk of the House.

A former NBA Ikeja Chairman, Bisi Ade-Ademuwagun added his weight to the protest frowning at the law.

NBA Ikeja Protest
NBA Ikeja Protest

Ade-Ademuwagun explained, “the increase is abnormal, excessive and oppressive and not having a human face.

Giving his suggestion, “If you want to increase tax, it should be gradual. Then you invite stakeholders to bring their inputs. We are not against the government, we are not being sponsored by people, we are just the voice of people, that is why we are here today.

The civil societies and non governmental organisations represented were Joint Action Front led by Comrades Abiodun Aremu, Committee for the defence of Human Rights, CDHR, United Action for Development, UAD, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA, amongst others.

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