Communication tax will impoverish Nigerian youths —Nweke; condemns Bill

Posted by News Express | 5 June 2016 | 2,288 times

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The Executive Director, Operations at DigitalSENSE Africa Media, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, has condemned the Communications Service Tax (CST) Bill currently before the National Assembly, saying that the bill prescribing 9 per cent tax on all electronic services would impoverish Nigerian youths.

She unreservedly condemned the bill while speaking at the Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum series on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) at the Digital Bridge Institute, Cappa, Lagos.

She also lamented that the 9 per cent tax on all electronic services proposed by the bill will make it “more difficult for people to access and share knowledge which the electronic communication is made to abridge.”

Nigerians, Mrs. Nweke pointed out, are already paying for all the mismanagement of their leaders, wondering why make them pay more, especially in the face of the present economic downturn.

She joined forces with other stakeholders in calling on the Federal government to make telecoms infrastructure a critical national resource as this would also mean protecting the jobs and businesses online because when telecoms infrastructures are tampered with, “our jobs and businesses online are affected.”

•Photo shows Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke.

Source: News Express

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