Court stops Enugu from demolishing transport firm property

Court stops Enugu from demolishing transport firm property

On Wednesday, the state government was ordered by an Enugu State High Court sitting in Nsukka, Enugu State, to refrain from demolishing the property of Ifesinachi Transport Limited, a private transportation company situated in the Ogige Market area of the state’s Nsukka Local Government Area.

Court stops Enugu from demolishing transport firm property

Following an ex parte motion filed by Ifesinachi Transport Company Nigeria Limited and Ifeanyi Mama, representing the family of the late Igwe Ogbonna Mama, the presiding judge, Justice H.U. Ezugwu, imposed the restraining order.

The family informed the court that some areas of the Ogige market were designated for demolition by the government.

Many people were against the proposed demolition, and some of the merchants were upset with the little notice they were given to leave the property.

In its decision, the court forbade the state government and its agencies from demolishing the plaintif’s property, which is situated on 51A, 51B, and 51C, Enugu Road, Nsukka, while the motion on Notice was being decided.

The court decided that an interim injunction should be issued prohibiting the defendants from entering, demolishing, or interfering with the plaintiffs’ properties, which are known as No. 5IA Enugu Road, Nsukka, Enugu State, Plots 5IB & 5IC Enugu Road, Nsukka, Enugu State, also known as Ifesinachi Transport Company park, Nsukka, until the motion on notice is heard and decided.

The request is for an order for substituted service, which states that all processes in this suit will be served to the second and third respondents by registered post to the Nsukka Central Town Planning Authority Nsukka Local Government Council Headquarters, Nsukka, Enugu State, and the Enugu State Ministry of Transport, Independence Layout, Enugu State, respectively.

This process will continue until the second and third respondents provide the applicant and the court with a specific person and address to which the processes in this suit may be delivered, and the substituted service will be deemed appropriate and proper.

For a second hearing, the court postponed the case until July 9, 2024.

On Wednesday, the Enugu State Internal Revenue Service declared that 800,000 properties in the state—including ancestral homes in different communities—will have their land usage taxes enforced.

The enforcement begins on June 1, 2024, according to Chairman Mr. Ekene Nnamani, who made this announcement on Wednesday at a press event.

Nnamani stated that land and property taxes constituted the backbone of the government’s internally generated revenue and that the push was a component of the measures to achieve the N20 billion revenue target on the Land Use Act charges in 2024.

In keeping with the innovation goal of Governor Peter Mbah’s administration, he said that the strategy to increase state IGR was intended to revolutionize the state.

In an attempt to reach its goal, he said, the government has automated the Land Use Act charges.

The Land Use Charges in the state of Enugu have been automated by the government. 800,000 properties in the state have been identified thanks to the Geographic Information System.

“In order for the government to implement its development objectives for the people, every property owner in the city and the villages must pay Land Use Act fees.

These charges are based on the location and worth of the land. It starts at N15,000 and goes up to N300,000,” he stated.

Adding that people in rural areas also benefited from democratic dividends including schools, healthcare, and other social facilities, Nnamani noted that even owners of ancestral homes had to pay Land Use Act charges.

“The fees are categorized and assessed for each individual piece of land. The cost of two plots will be borne by the residences that utilize two lots.

Thus, in keeping with Governor Peter Mbah’s pledge to innovate, the agency has identified properties in the state using the GIS.

He stated, “Every property owner in the state is required to pay charges, which are paid to the Enugu State Internal Revenue Service under the Land Use Law of 2016.”

Source: The Punch

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