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Telecoms: Operators Seek Review Of Taxes, Levies

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria

has urged the Federal Government to look into the Tax and Levy

Amended Order 2015.

The Executive Secretary of ALTON, Gbolahan Awonuga, said on that

the “Tax and Levy Amended Order 2015’’ was signed by a former

Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Awonuga said that the order had created a lot of confusion in the taxes

and levies regime, making the environment harsh for business and not

minding government’s Ease of Doing Business programme.

He said that in Nigeria today, most of the regulatory bodies had left the

regulatory functions and now turned to revenue generating bodies and

bringing about multiple taxation and regulation.

According to him, telecommunications operations are not isolated to the

ecosystem, as the cost of running business in Nigeria, especially

telecommunications is triple the cost of running same in Ghana and

neighbouring countries.

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