The Lagos State Government has denied alleged plan to increase the cost of processing motor vehicle particulars and application for number plates in the state.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, the cost remained unchanged.
In the statement issued on Tuesday, Bamigbean said the clarification was made in view of the enquiries by members of the public over the claim that there had been an increase in the costs of processing the documents.
Anyone with evidence of such alleged increase should report to the Ministry of Transportation, he said.
“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.
In a related development, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode assured the people of the state that his government would not make life difficult for them with excessive tax.
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He spoke with journalists on Monday after a walk against sexual and domestic violence in Alausa.
Said he: “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.
“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.”