Oyo government seals-off banks, telecoms masts over land use charge



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The Oyo State Government said it has sealed-off some commercial banks as well as telecommunications masts within Ibadan metropolis for allegedly defaulting in the land use charge.

The enforcement team of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, led by the Director, Land Use Charge, Olufisayo Ogunbiyi, during a tour around Ibadan, said the action was due to non-compliance with payment of revenue to the coffers of the state government.

According to Ogunbiyi, in a statement issued on Tuesday by the state Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Dotun Oyelade, the commercial banks and the telecommunications outfits have been served notices before the enforcement team visited them.

He assured that once they pay the required land use charge, their premises would be re-opened for business.

He noted that the Oyo State government has zero tolerance for non-compliance to its polices, hence, all business owners should ensure payment of charges to the state government account to ensure their businesses are not disrupted as the exercise is still continuing.

Ogunbiyi equally appealed to residents of the state to contact the Ministry on 0700 OYO LANDS (070069652637) or send an email to lands@oyostate.gov.ng for enquires.

“Rate payers can also make Land Use Charge Payment by visiting pay.lands.oyostate.gov.ng, while people can make an online payment by downloading Oyo State Property Reference System (OYPRS) through Google Play Store or App Store which will identify the building/property and land use charge outstanding,” he said.