The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has again expressed worries over multiple taxations imposed on telecom service providers in Nigeria. According to the Commission, the service providers are suffering untold hardship in the country as a result of imposition of multiple taxes and levies.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, said this in his message at the Special Day of the Commission at the 27th Enugu International Trade Fair.
"Apart from the taxes and levies, the service providers are further burdened with regulations that restrict right of way to deploy or expand services. Even when the service providers are willing to make services available, we as members of government at various levels and communities put bottlenecks on their way".
The EVC who was represented by the Director Public Affairs of the Commission, Mr Tony Ojobo, said that, for the service providers to make services available to consumers, they have to build base stations, masts and towers, which are some of challenges they are faced with.
The NCC boss said that the Commission had continued to engage states in the South-East to discourage multiple taxations and regulations.
Danbatta expressed regrets that vandalisation of telecom infrastructure was very high in the South-East of the country which also contributes to the challenges faced by service providers.
He explained that MTN was fined because of failure to register some SIM cards, pointing out that it was not a punitive measure but a way to reduce rate of crimes, like kidnapping and armed robbery.
In his speech, the President of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Rev. Ugochukwu Chime, commended NCC for its regular participation at the fair.
Chime explained that the role of NCC as a regulatory agency was to ensure best practices, efficient and effective service delivery by operators in the sector.
He urged NCC to do more, especially in regulating operators in the sector and protecting vulnerable customers.