The Lagos State government has denied increasing the cost of processing motor vehicle particulars and application for number plates.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, on Tuesday.
Bamigbetan insisted that the rumours were being peddled by mischief makers, who want to take advantage of the situation with the reviewed land use charge.
“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,” the statement read.
Bamigbetan said anyone with evidence of an increase in the rates from any of the official centres managed by the Lagos State Motor Vehicle Administration Authority (MVAA), should report to the agency or the Ministry of Transportation.
Speaking with journalists after a walk against sexual and domestic violence on Monday, Lagos state Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, explained that efforts being made by his administration were in the best interest of residents.
“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. 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,” Ambode said.