Telecoms Operators Threatens Shut Down Sites Ahead of 2019 Election

Telecoms operators are seeking a downward review or scrapping of some government taxes and levies slammed on their operations.

Currently, the operators, under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), said they pay 38 different taxes and levies of government and its agencies. And this obnoxious taxes are coming majorly from regions including South South; South East and North East.

Some of the imposed taxes, according to him include aviation clearance, site Inspection Fee, hawking permit, building permit, building fitness, sewage fees, fumigation, sewage fees, refuse collection and disposal, capitation fee, shop rate, among others.
Adebayo gave an example of Taraba State, which locked up cell site during last Christmas period over frivolous taxes.

They complained that the taxes and levies are duplicated in different names and among federal, state and local governments, making them practically impossible to comply with; yet at the slightest delay in payment, agencies involved resort to closing down critical network facilities.

Telcos have warned that henceforth, they would not re-open any site arbitrarily closed by states and agencies of government over non-payment of some taxes and levies, Nigeria may have the 2019 general elections without telecommunications.

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