Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the renovation of state Revenue House will be completed by the end of next month, while expressing optimism that the edifice, when completed, would enable the state government staff render adequate and proper services to the state residents.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted this on Monday, while leading an on-the-site inspection of the ongoing renovation work, accompanied by his Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and some members of the Executive Council.
The governor said that the contractor is putting finishing touches on the
Revenue House (formerly Elephant House), an eight-storey multi-department office complex located in Alausa, which is also to accommodate all revenue-generating agencies of the state government under one roof.
Lagos Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) will be occupying substantial space in the building, while other agencies, including Lagos State Lottery and Gaming Authority, Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA) and Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LAASA) among others will share the rest of the space in the complex.
Sanwo-Olu said that keeping the revenue agencies under a roof, is an idea to improve their individual capacity for overall efficiency and collective delivery of their mandates, adding that the edifice would offer a one-stop-shop revenue services for individuals and organisations paying taxes to the government.
“The importance of this Revenue House is that it houses the significant number of our core revenue-generating agencies, with LIRS being the major occupant of the edifice. The whole idea of putting them in one office complex is for them to share facilities together and improve on their individual capacity.
“More importantly, the single-office complex will offer our citizens and organisations a one-stop shop to come in and complete a lot of statutory transactions in this building, which include licence renewal, issues about vehicles, tenement rate, land assessment and general land administration. This is why I am interested to see how faster we can finish this project,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu noted that the renovation work was a bit longer than he had anticipated, but said making the renovation work comprehensive would make the usage of the building to last longer.
The governor, however, expressed satisfaction on the pace of work, noting that a significant number of furniture required in the edifice had been supplied ahead of the completion of the renovation.
According to Sanwo-Olu: “What’s left to be done, included general cleaning of the interior, exterior painting and fixing the electrical sources.
“By the end of next month, the contractor said the work would be completely done. We will wait patiently by the end of next month, which we hope staff of the agencies would be moving in their numbers.”
Sanwo-Olu also inspected the ongoing construction of a nine-floor multi-agency building being developed in front of the State Government Secretariat in Alausa.