Lagos state introduces Ugly Building tax

17 Nov 2010

Lagos state introduces Ugly Building tax
(Image by Kemi Daji) WTF?


Lagos - Lagos state home owners are today waking up to news of a new tax that will finally cement the state's status as the taxation capital of the Country.

The new tax, officially known as Environmental Blight Levy, has been given the name, the Ugly Building tax, by some mischievous journalists.

The tax will be levied against existing buildings that are deemed to be exceptionally ugly. New build projects can avoid the new tax if the architectural plans submitted are not too unsightly. If however, owners of proposed new builds insist on building new monstrosities, they will have to pay the Ugly Building tax which will be calculated on a total square foot of ugliness basis. A fairly ugly building on the ugliness scale will have a score of one, while truly awesomely ugly structures will score 1000.

Reacting to the news, Alhaji Baba Eko, a property developer in Lekki, expressed his gratitude towards the state government: "At last, a tax that makes sense. I built several blocks of flats on a popular road in Ajah a few years back, and I was able to sell each one of them for about fifty million. But then, one yahoo yahoo boy came and built a gigantic eyesore right opposite my flats and the orders stopped coming. Some tenants that I rented the remaining flats to even asked for refund. Can you imagine? You should see the building, it can scare a little child."

We asked the gentleman if he considered the tax to be nothing more than another clever trick that Lagos state has formulated to generate revenue.
His response: "I'm telling you, I don't even care if they impose a tax of one billion Naira. In fact, they shouldn't stop there; they should demolish all rubbish buildings. It still perplexes me that two people can spend the same amount of money and use the same amount of cement to build two houses, and would would turnout lovely while the other looks like something out of a horror movie."

To get a balanced view, we spoke to the ‘yahoo yahoo’ boy, Mr J.J Fine Country, also known as, ‘The thing that swallowed the thing that swallowed the elephant.’

Mr J.J was adamant that his building was as beautiful as any in the country: “They say my house is not beautiful? They are mad. Who dem be sef? Wey dem? They sef don build house? Abegi, make I hear word. If na poverty dey worry dem, make dem talk to me, I go settle the baggers. This na Lagos, nothing wey settlement nor fit settle. Aso rock sef dey catch cold when im see my mansion.”

Mr J.J took us on a tour of his home, he was particularly pleased with the chandelier in his guest toilet and he wanted us to ‘test’ each armchair in his 100 foot living room, one of twelve living arrears in the edifice that according to him, makes the White House look like a boys quarters. He also insisted that we bend down and feel the softness of the Egyptian rug in his fourteen car garage.

- Oluchucks Adewaziri, reporting for Wazobia Reports.

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obie On 15/01/2012 23:20:45
this is simply unsafe
The Thing that swallowed the thing that swallowe the 'thing' that swallowed the elephant On 17/03/2011 16:08:13
The building is not only ugly, it also appears to be structurally unsafe.
The building seems to be too large for the compound. If the tusk or trunk of the elephant 'detach', no be pedestrian head im go scatter?

Odogwudozilla On 18/01/2011 21:42:25
How come everyone is writing off the above architectural masterpiece as an eyesore? Get a taste, dudes!
Arch. Peaches On 12/01/2011 19:57:50
Lol...that is not the house of fine country...I ve actually seen this house somewhere behind the Total filling station of Oregun bus-stop...that is, the Total filling station just before you turn off Oregun road to Ikosi road. Believe me...The building is monstrously UGLY...which is an understatement! i saw it early last year...I was shocked...Its actually down a slopey road which I believe is a close...It should be demolished..TOTAL EYESORE!
LOL On 08/01/2011 13:15:39
why isnt it painted?....proper bush man
Ben On 12/12/2010 00:33:01
Truly ugly indeed lol
Dragonfly On 22/11/2010 00:00:00
This is a true monstrosity indeed. tax = $1000000
Curious Kate On 18/11/2010 00:00:00
Or is it photoshoped or something?
Curious Kate On 18/11/2010 00:00:00
Where is this? Is this house in Lagos?
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