The Communication tax passes first reading at the National Assembly. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, has declared that the communication tax won’t affect Nigerians as they “talk a lot on the phone”.
According to him, “I will put it this way, Nigerians talk a lot on the phone; they even talk more than is required so for them to have capacity or revenue to talk that much/
“I don’t see any harm in paying a little bit more to the government. We compare ourselves to developing countries but Ghana introduced a 2% education tax and used it to fund their universities and that is why Nigerians are now going to University in Ghana They don’t look for aid, they did it by themselves.”
However, the Communication Service tax bill provide the rate of tax at 9% for using communication services This is said to replace the previously proposed 2.2% increase in value added tax by the Federal Executive Council.
Must everything be solved by increasing tax? The tax Nigerians have been paying, where is the result? Must this Government finally throw the larger part of the population into abject poverty because they supposedly want to “make things better”?