Olusola Teniola, President Association Of Telecommunications Companies Of Nigeria, ATCON
Olusola Teniola, President Association Of Telecommunications Companies Of Nigeria, ATCON

Telecommunications operators have criticized the plans by the National Assembly to impose taxes on Global System for Mobile, GSM and cable television subscriptions and services in the country.

The operators under the aegis of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON the body said imposing such tax at the moment would amount to double taxation, and subsequently impact the economy negatively.

The Bill for an Act to establish the Communication Service Tax was sponsored by a former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume.

A bill for an Act to introduce tax on communication and cable television services scaled first reading at the Senate.

It was learnt, that the introduction of the tax was to replace the two point two per cent increase in the Value Added Tax, VAT being planned by the Federal Government.

But the ATCON President Olusola Teniola recalled that the Communications Service Tax, CST put at nine per cent was previously suspended by the 8th National Assembly.