NCC pays N1.4 tr into Federation Account, says Dambatta

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has paid over N1.4 trillion to the Federation Account, the CEO of the regulatory body, Prof Garba Dambatta has said, quoting figures from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

However, he lamented that challenges such as multiple taxation, difficulty in getting approval for right of way and others have shut out about 40 million from enjoying the benefits of the famous telecoms revolution that took place in the country more than ten years ago. 

Similarly, the NCC chief said the issue of achieving broad band penetration targets and associated benefits was of mutual benefits and importance to the telecoms regulator.

He was speaking during a working visit to the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, to brief him about the resolution of the National Economic Council (NEC) on multiple taxation, levies and charges on ICT infrastructure in Nigeria which all the state governments have agreed to work with.

Prof Dambatta said there was a need to pull down the charges and urged the governor to help mobilise the 19 Northern states governor to fashion out modalities to check the multiple taxes imposed on telecoms industry.

He cited Lagos State Government as a model that has already commenced the full implementation of the provisions of the recommendations.

He said the resolution made provisions for addressing all the challenges besetting the industry, and called for support noting that critical stakeholders, like state governors are central to success.

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