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Lagos snubs operators on "extra" taxies

22 July 2013, 14:00

Lagos - The Lagos State Government has insisted that telecoms companies operating in the state must pay appropriate tax levies to the state irrespective of taxes paid by the operators to federal government agencies.

Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola, made the position known following a meeting with Nigeria Communications Commission officials in Lagos.

NCC Vice Chairman, Dr Eugene Juwah, and his team were at the governor's office to persuade him from tasking telecoms companies to pay additional levies for mounting telecoms infrastructure in the state.

Fashola insisted that every telecoms operator in the state must pay what he preferred to call administrative charges.

“There is nothing like multiple taxation in Lagos State. One can only talk of multiple taxes if different agencies in the state are taxing telecoms operators on the same project, but that is not the case with the state.

"Companies in Lagos must be prepared to pay for the land on which they are erecting their masts, even though they have gotten permit from the federal government to erect masts in the country.

"That should not in any way be regarded as multiple taxation. What is being regarded as multiple taxation is purely administrative cost handed down to the operators, which is normal,” said Fashola.

Fashola said Nigerian telecommunications and regulation were multiple jurisdictional arguing that they should be addressed as such.

"Masts and towers are physical structures on ground, and must be regulated by both the telecoms regulatory body and the state government, through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development,” Fashola said.

The Governor however promised to work with NCC to create more enabling environment for telecoms operators in the state.

In Lagos, telecommunications operators must pay certain amounts of money to state agencies before laying infrastructure.

- CAJ News


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