DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 283)
WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL RELIGION OF NIGERIA AND STATES IN NIGERIA.

Some Countries have preference for some religions and as such have official state religions.
In Nigeria, both at Federal and State levels and across all parts of Nigeria, there is no federal, state or official religion. It is prohibited and unconstitutional to adopt any religion for Nigeria or any state in Nigeria.
All religions are allowed and permitted in Nigeria, so far as practises of such religions are not contrary to any law.
Even states that have Sharia or Customary/Tradition laws do not have any official religion. Also, no religion should have prevalence or relevance or more access to state facilities in any part of Nigeria.
Note that it is a breach of fundamental human rights to discriminate against any religion or persons of religion or violate any person’s right to freedom of religion.

My authorities are sections 10, 38, 42 and 319 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 282)
STATE GOVERNMENTS CANNOT COLLECT TENEMENT RATES IN NIGERIA.

First of all, tenement rate is a tax payable by an occupier of a developed property to a local government authority in charge of the area the developed property is located. The property must be developed and occupied, so tenement rate cannot be paid on an empty or undeveloped land. If the developed property is occupied by a tenant then such tenant must pay for it and not the landlord unless they agreed otherwise. Where a landlord is the one occupying a developed property, such landlord must pay such himself. This is different from Ground Rent, which is payable by landlords for lands whether developed or undeveloped and collectable by either state or local government authorities in charge of the location of such land.
TENEMENT RATES are collected by only local governments authorities in charge of the location of developed property. Both State or Federal government authorities cannot collect tenement rates. Note that state government may also collect a Land Use Charge which a local government authority cannot collect. As at today, the make up/contents of a Land Use Act is not clear and some states have used it as means to charge and collect outrageous taxes.

My authorities are sections 1 and 5 as well as the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, 1998 and the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, (Amendment) Order 2015. Also Section 7(5), Paragraph 9, Part II of Second Schedule and Paragraph 1(J) of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 282)
STATE GOVERNMENTS CANNOT COLLECT TENEMENT RATES IN NIGERIA.

First of all, tenement rate is a tax payable by an occupier of a developed property to a local government authority in charge of the area the developed property is located. The property must be developed and occupied, so tenement rate cannot be paid on an empty or undeveloped land. If the developed property is occupied by a tenant then such tenant must pay for it and not the landlord unless they agreed otherwise. Where a landlord is the one occupying a developed property, such landlord must pay such himself. This is different from Ground Rent, which is payable by landlords for lands whether developed or undeveloped and collectable by either state or local government authorities in charge of the location of such land.
TENEMENT RATES are collected by only local governments authorities in charge of the location of developed property. Both State or Federal government authorities cannot collect tenement rates. Note that state government may also collect a Land Use Charge which a local government authority cannot collect. As at today, the make up/contents of a Land Use Act is not clear and some states have used it as means to charge and collect outrageous taxes.

My authorities are sections 1 and 5 as well as the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, 1998 and the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, (Amendment) Order 2015. Also Section 7(5), Paragraph 9, Part II of Second Schedule and Paragraph 1(J) of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

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NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PRACTISE REGULATION 2016 IS NOW ONLINE!

The National Environmental Health Practise Regulation 2016 was made on 10th February 2016 to replace the National Environmental Health Practise Regulation 2007. The National Environmental Health Practise Regulation 2016 is made pursuant to the Environmental Health Officers (Registration etc) Act, 2002.

DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 259)
HOW LONG CAN A GOVERNOR SPEND STATE MONEYS WITHOUT APPROVAL OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.

Every year, every governor is expected by law to send in a budget to its House of Assembly for approval. The process of approving a budget may take months and within such time there is always need for state to spend public funds. Until a budget is approved, a Governor can withdraw and spend moneys from the Consolidated Revenue Funds of the state for necessary services of government for a period not more than six (6) months or until budget is approved, which ever that happens first prevails.
Such money to be withdrawn within such time must not be more than the amount that was approved for the previous year’s budget for such period of time.

My authorities are sections 122, 318 and 319 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

 

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