By JONAH NWOKPOKU
The Lagos State Land Use Charge Assessment Appeals Tribunal has formally taken off with the delivery of judgment in its first case since it was set up.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr. Ayodele Odunlami, said at the sitting that the tribunal is committed to upholding the principles of fairness in the discharge of its duties.
Speaking to Vanguard after delivering judgment on the case between Lanre Badmus Industries Limited and Lagos State Government, Odunlami said that the tribunal was set up by the Lagos State Government to mediate between the Lagos State Land Registry Company and property owners in Lagos on land use charge and assessment and will ensure that no property owner is unduly charged for his/her property.
“The tribunal was set up by the Lagos State Governor, Bababtunde Fashola, because he expected some kind of intermediary between the Land Registry Company, which is in charge of the land use charge and assessment in Lagos, and the tax payers so that there will be fair play and there will be a kind of adjudication or fairness, and that is what we stand to do. Although we are set up by the government, we are not working for the government. We are supposed to be independent and look through each case in its merits and its technicalities and make sure that every party is satisfied with our ruling at the end of the day,” he stated.
For people who have received their land use charge assessment charges and have any grievances, he said, “if anyone has any grievances at all and he can’t resolve them with the Land Registry Company, that is why the tribunal is set up. That is why we are here. Already we have a number of cases waiting to be heard. This is because we deliver fair judgment. Nobody believed he could get that kind of justice here. But we stand for fairness and we would not disappoint anybody. Our watchword always is fairness and by the time we come up with our judgment, every party would be happy with it. Our judgment is and would always be based by the law.”