ALTON
Telecommunication mast.

Telecoms operators in Nigeria are unhappy with some government taxes and levies slammed on their operations and therefore want a downward review or total scrapping.

According to the operators, under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), they pay 38 different taxes and levies of government and its agencies.

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ALTON Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, said the challenges of absurd taxes on members are majorly from regions including South South; South East and North East.

Adebayo gave an example of Taraba State, which locked up cell site during last Christmas period over frivolous taxes.

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.

He said that all these imposed taxes would prevent further investments and limit operators’ expansion drive.

ALTON, which is also worried about what it described as incessant National Assembly (NASS) ad-Hoc Committees summoning of members, especially the Chief Executive Officers to Abuja for one hearing or the other, said it has instituted a legal case at the Federal High Court, Abuja for interpretation of their roles.

He described the several summoning, which could have been hamonised, as disturbing.