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Use Executive Order to curb multiple taxations, experts urge FG

Some experts, yesterday urged the Federal Government to implement Executive Order in order to curb the lingering cases of multiple taxation, vandalism of telecom infrastructure by agencies of government in the country. The experts,  who gathered in Lagos at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit, lamented and frowned at the draconian and […]


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Some experts, yesterday urged the
Federal Government to implement Executive Order in order to curb the lingering
cases of multiple taxation, vandalism of telecom infrastructure by agencies of
government in the country.





The experts,  who gathered in
Lagos at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit, lamented
and frowned at the draconian and extant laws being used by state governors and
other agencies of government to spin revenue from telecom operators. 





They believe that the Executive
Order will reverse the trend, where government agencies arbitrarily harrassed
telecom operators in a bid to generate revenue for their states by all means.





First to make the argument is the former
minister of Communications Technology,  Mrs. Omobola Johnson. According to
her, an Executive Order will compel the Nigerian Communications Commission to
be more forceful in terms of regulation, adding that any negative impact on the
telecom infrastructure will, ultimately  impact on the economy. 





 The Federal Government should give
Executive Order to strip out multiple taxation in the country's telecom
industry. It is a matter of talking to the Governors,   she noted.





Omobola, who was the keynote speaker
at the summit, with the theme:   Repositioning the Nigerian Telecom Industry for
the Future; Prospects and Challenges', argues that the idea of engaging the
state Governors to step down on multiple taxation has not worked in the past
and may not likely work anytime soon.





 For me, the NCC must not be afraid
to innovate or experiment. The regulator must take some risks to innovate. They
are in a unique position to give action to state Governors not to temper with
telecom infrastructure, as it enables other sectors of the Nigerian economy,  
she added.





Reechoing Omobola's position, Engr.
Gbenga Adebayo, the Chairman of the Association of Licenced Telecom Operators
of Nigeria (ALTON), said engagement with the Governors has been ongoing for
years and it has not worked, emphasizing that the regulator needs to be more strategic
to do something different.





He said the multiple taxation and
arbitrary closure of telecom sites has always affected the quality of service,
which will turn impact on other sector.





 ATM will not work if you close
telecom sites. Security agencies will not be able to track criminals if the
sites are closed. The telecom sector service other sector of the Nigerian
ecomony, so any negative impact on telecom infrastructure is a negative impact
on the entire nation,   he argued.


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