The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has released an updated version of house rent going forward.
The new price list will affect both official and residential buildings within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The new rate exempted the Presidential Villa, government agencies, ministries and foreign embassies.
By the way, Nigeria actually pays house rent on the Presidential villa that we build ourselves.
To date, no one knows who the landlord is and why the rent has been running for years.
The new house rent list displayed at AMAC’s secretariat showed that a 6 bedroom duplex in Asokoro is now N6 million per year.
5 bedroom duplex goes for N5 million and 7 bedroom duplex goes for N9 million per annum.
Residential buildings in the central area would pay N5 million.
Residents in Guzape district would now pay N4 million on the average per annum. Guzape!
8 bedroom duplex in Maitama district goes for N8 million.
Residential buildings in Gwarimpa 1 and 2, and Garki 2 would also pay N1 million on the average per annum.
The Council Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, said he was aware the new rent will cause controversy.
He said the council is ready for whatever may come as a committee has been set up to “Listen to complaints”.
“Those exempted in the new rates are the presidential Villa, the federal secretariat, government agencies, and embassies.
“Our problem has been that we don’t like to pay tax but it is mandatory in the world over.
“It is the rich that make room for the poor to live.
“We expected that the properties been valued today, being also objected today finally come to fruition at the end of 21 days.
“Once that is done, what is expected of us is to go to the NASS which has the authority to make the ratings.
“We will collect the rent as it is expected of us.
“And of course, if you refuse to pay, we have the authority to enforce collection.”
The only reason AMAC cited for the price is this: NONE!