Spiritual leaders have kicked towards safety levies imposed on church buildings and mosques by the Oyo State government, describing it as “unrealistic.”
The state authorities had throughout a safety summit held on Tuesday introduced that spiritual organisations had been additionally included in safety levies.
Church buildings and mosques, in response to the Part 11(4) of the Safety Belief Fund Regulation 2017 of the state, pays between N20,000 and N60,000 yearly, relying on the scale of the spiritual centre.
Other than church buildings and mosques, manufacturing corporations would additionally pay between N80,000 and N100,000 relying on their sizes whereas agricultural corporations would pay N50,000.
Reacting to the levy, the Founder and Religious Head of Shafaudeen in Islam, Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke, described the levy as “ ill-timed, exploitative and ungodly.”
He stated: “The plan of presidency is ill-timed and depraved. Many individuals in mosques and church buildings are groaning beneath poverty and starvation. Salaries aren’t paid and the little they’re paid aren’t sufficient to offset money owed of believers in church buildings and mosques.”
Former President of Aladura Church of Nigeria, Primate Olapade Agoro, stated church buildings and mosques must be exempted from the levy, as “spiritual organisations aren’t enterprise outfits.”
The Oyo State Chairman of Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Benjamin Akanmu urged authorities to let the levies be minimal.
He stated N20,000 is perhaps troublesome for church buildings with a couple of members to pay.