Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole just announced that ‘talakawas’ need not worry over the 2012 land use charge whose implementation was greeted with protest by some ‘hired’ persons in the guise of civil society and Non-Governmental organization in the state.
Those who protested are among those to be exempted since they are in the bracket of the ‘talakawas’ or ‘have-nots’, it was learnt.
This hint was dropped today during the 7th year anniversary of the Governor in office.
The land use charge law, which the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion accused Governor Oshiomhole as being targeted at him and the Bini people has some special considerations, the Governor assured.
Oshiomhole while denying Igbinedion’s accusation, said “I am not an ethnic champion” and that he has no need being one since the Binis gave him more support than his own Edo North or Afenmai people.
Oshiomhole said those who resides and own houses in densely populated urban areas are exempted from the land use charge. Those who resides in Ugbiyoko, Upper Sakponba, among others are in this category.
Continuing, the Governor said, “community properties, solely for meetings, recreation, owner-occupied residence on 100” by 100” in rural areas, owner occupied residential 50” by 100” in urban areas and approved public worship places were also exempted.
It was gathered that the valuations are based on land size, building size, location, property usage and all properties are accordingly classified and taxed as owner occupied residential, residential commercial, industrial and manufacturing, and commercial.
Investigation by www.johnmayaki.com reveals that the present population of Edo state is about 3.4 million but about 168 of this figure pay taxes.