14 July 2021 By Josiah Buzun
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has signed 4 bills passed by the Plateau State House of Assembly into law.
The bills signed includes the Plateau State Legislative Funds Management Law; Plateau State Judiciary Funds Management Law; Plateau State Property and Land Use Charge Law; and the Plateau Geographic Services Law.
At the event at the Goverment House in Jos, Governor Lalong said the new Funds Management Law for the Judiciary and Legislature would guide the implementation of the recently granted autonomy for the two arms of Government particularly in terms of financial management.
According to Governor Lalong, the laws will guide the Judiciary and Legislature on implementation of autonomy with regards to funds disbursement, approvals and expenditure in line with extant financial regulations.
On the new Property and Land Use Charge and the Plateau Geographic Information Services laws, Governor Lalong said they are significant in improving land administration in the State and boosting revenue generation.
The Governor said the new laws were not meant to burden the citizens but to enable each property owner contribute to the development of the State, noting that the PLAGIS law would make land administration more secure, flexible and reliable as well as ensure that all land data was captured, transformed and maintained in electronic format.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Chrysanthus Ahmadu said the 4 laws were crucial for good governance and economic development of the State particularly as they border on revenue generation and land management.
He said with the new Property and Land Charge Law, all owners of developed landed property whether with titles, building plan approvals or not, would be required to comply with all stipulated charges while failure would attract sanctions.
Ahmadu said the law harmonises the collection of all land charges including tenement rates that Lcoal Governments were empowered to enforce, this he said is captured in the new collection and sharing arrangement between the State and Local Governments which was done in line with the provisions of the Constitution that empowers such arrangement.
He assured that all tenement rates would be centrally collected and shared in line with the formular agreed upon.