The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) is to work out a new tax framework for the telecoms industry.
NCC Executive Commissioner , Sunday Dare, who disclosed this in a stakeholders forum held in Kano.
Speaking on the theme: Optimising the Benefits of Telecom Infrastructure in Nigeria, he said the new plan will be presented to the National Economic Council for adoption by all state Governors. Dare, represented by the Deputy Director, Compliance Monitoring NCC, Alhaji Alkassim Umar, noted that the policy should be applied in their respective states for effectiveness and efficiency.
“We are aware that this effort may require the amendment of the taxes and levies (approved list for collection) Act (amendment order of 2015, and I assure you that the NCC will lead the charge to see that this is done within the shortest possible time.”
According to him, the NCC has designed this engagement to achieve three primary objectives, among which include to reemphasis the immense benefit of ensuring the seamless operations of critical national Telecoms infrastructure, necessary to power growth across all sectors of the economy.
“We want to better understand the peculiar issues that state MDAs’ are experiencing in their interface, with Telecoms operators and how to resolve these issues in a mutually beneficial manner, so that all stake holders will agree on a clear and actionable work plan for speeding up the deployment of critical Telecoms infrastructure and protecting those already deployed”
Furthermore, Dare stated that, “as we all know, telecoms infrastructure – and the ICT platforms, not only empower but are enablers of innovation and efficiency. They depend on opportunities to create jobs, improve productivity, as well as to create an enabling environment for the growth, ostensibly to stimulate economic growth to improve the Security and lives and property of the citizenry.”
Source: The Nation