Alpha Beta Consulting has said that it has no contract with the Lagos State Government in execution of the state’s newly-introduced land use law.
Reacting to the insertion of the company’s name in some of the copies of the new Land Use law, the Deputy Managing Director of Alpha Beta, Bode Oluyemi, said on Thursday: “We would like to state that our company, Alpha Beta Consulting, is not involved in the collection and administration of the Land Use Charge of Lagos State.”
“Although we do business with the state as we do with other individuals and organisations that require our services, Land Use Charge collection and/or administration is not part of our brief,” he added.
The disclaimer came as tempers flared amongst Lagosians over the new rates for land use and the claim that Alpha Beta, a private firm, had been specifically favoured by the law as a potential consultant to be engaged in verification of land use payments to state coffers.
The Lagos House of Assembly responded to the criticism yesterday that Alpha Beta was erroneously written into the state law.
Spokesman for the Lagos State House, Hon. Tunde Braimoh was quoted as saying on Wednesday evening that it was a very costly mistake that should not have happened.
“It was erroneously put in the draft copy of the law and we’re already working to remove it completely,” Braimoh said.
The company has been favoured over the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service in the state’s tax administration since the days of Bola Tinubu, who was governor between 1999 and 2007.
The role of Alpha Beta in Lagos State has been a subject of widespread speculation amongst residents, especially since successive administrations after Mr. Tinubu have failed to disclose the terms of their contracts to the state’s residents.
The opaque nature of the transactions between the parties has made it difficult for taxpayers to know how much Alpha Beta is taking from its engagement.
Some opposition politicians in the state have repeatedly taken on the state government over its affairs with Alpha Beta.