Lagos tax, bills payment goes digital from March 1

The Lagos state government has disclosed that effective March 1, all payments due to it will no longer be remitted in cash.
Following this development, all the state’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will cease to be payment centres.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who made this know while paying his Land Use Charge at the Opebi, Ikeja branch of the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), said the measure was designed to help improve on service delivery to the public and also to plug revenue leakages.
His words: “In order to ensure that the government improves on the quality of service delivery to our people, effective from March 1, no payment or taxes will be made by cash henceforth across the state.
“Tax payers should be able to pay all legitimate bills through all payment channels at their own time and convenience. The transaction process is now going to be every day, anytime and no weekends.

“We should be able to pay our taxes from any bank, any branch using webpay, paypoint and USSD, thereby encouraging mobile money without any contact with government officials. I repeat, every kobo counts; do not pay into wrong hands anymore.”