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FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by osinbanjoisaliar: 11:36am On May 22
The Federal Government has slammed a new tax on phone calls in the nation to fund free healthcare for the Vulnerable Group in Nigeria.

This is despite recent moves by telecommunication companies to increase the price of their services as a result of an unfavourable operating climate.

The telecom tax in the equivalent of a minimum of one kobo per second for phone calls is a part of the sources of funds required to finance free healthcare for the Vulnerable Group in Nigeria.

This is contained in the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2021 signed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), last week.

The act includes a provision under Section 26 subsection 1c which states that the source of money for the Vulnerable Group Fund includes telecommunications tax, not less than one kobo per second of GSM calls.

The Fiscal Policy Partner and Africa Tax Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Taiwo Oyedele, said, “S.26 of this new law imposes a telecommunications tax of not less than 1kobo per second on GSM calls. With call rates at about 11kobo per second, this translates to a 9 per cent tax on GSM calls.

“The tax is one of the sources of money to the Vulnerable Group Fund to subsidise the provision of healthcare to the group defined to include children under five, pregnant women, the aged, physically and mentally challenged, and the indigent as may be defined from time to time.”

According to the act, the Vulnerable Group Fund is money budgeted to pay for healthcare services for vulnerable Nigerians who cannot pay for health insurance in a bid to subsidise the cost of provision of health care services to vulnerable people in the country.

For funding, the act provides several options such as basic health care provision fund to the authority; health insurance levy; telecommunications tax, not less than one kobo per second of GSM calls; money that may be allocated to the Vulnerable Group Fund by the Government; motley that accrues to the Vulnerable Group Fund from investments made by the Council: and grants, donations, gifts, and any other voluntary contributions made to the Vulnerable Group Fund.

According to the new act, every resident in Nigeria is expected to obtain health insurance.
Recently, telecom companies wrote to the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Communications Commission, on the conditions of the industry.

The operator under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria proposed a 40 per cent increase in the cost of calls, SMS, and data as a result of the rising cost of operating in the nation.

https://punchng.com/just-in-fg-slams-new-tax-on-telephone-calls/

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by successmatters(m): 11:36am On May 22
By the time this buharri administration is finished with Nigeria, seven households will be sharing one phoneline just to save costs grin

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by lonecatt(m): 11:38am On May 22
Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by successmatters(m): 11:39am On May 22
The comforting part of the report is where they wrote that Zone Bees will be getting free calls without charges because they are patriotic grin

Just dial *1 before your call and be enjoying the free calls.

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by osinbanjoisaliar: 11:39am On May 22
Buhari abeg put tax on online zombies. Make anybody wen dey support Tinubu online pay triple price for data. Put law wen go make dem register as Tinubu supporters.

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by adigun27: 11:40am On May 22
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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by lonecatt(m): 11:42am On May 22
After collecting the money , the same government will borrow from it to fund whatever God knows.

they have borrowed from pension funds , they continue to borrow and tax with nothing to show for the initial purpose it was created. next they will be blaming previous government

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by bjdon: 11:43am On May 22
Buhari will soon put a tax on air!

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by Esseite: 11:43am On May 22
They are quick to tax everything and everyone despite the high inflation rate and high unemployment rate. but at the mention of cutting down Govt cost the NAYS always have it.

Vote someone that sustained a whole state for 8years while being the most effective on every strata through cutting down Govt cost alone.. Go and verify...

Vote Peter Obi because in the current Nigerian state, we have nothing to loose...

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by Naijanascam: 11:48am On May 22
Congratulations to the Who will manage the said funds in advance grin grin....80 billion from Account general and NNDC Man 47 billion and other unearthed billions in many places can rescue the kwantry from some financial dangers

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by galaxy2020(m): 11:48am On May 22
Another way of extorting innocent Nigerians. This govt is bereaved of positive ideas to move this country forward. Chaaiii!

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by Zico5(m): 11:56am On May 22
Putting tax for them to loot again. Buhari is truly a calamity.

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by Dssddddd: 11:56am On May 22
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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by UncleKoboko: 11:56am On May 22
Woe betide FG and all the senile bastards that arrived and implemented this nonsense.

Nigerian government is very USELESS and EVIL.

THERE'S ALMOST ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING FOR THE COMMON MAN IN THIS ZOO.

LIGHT - YOU BUY GENERATOR
EDUCATION - PRIVATE SCHOOL
HOUSE - YOU RENT OR BUILD
WATER - YOU DIG BOREHOLE
HEALTH - MOSTLY PRIVATE HOSPITAL
ETC

A country still struggling with provisions of basic amenities even with all our wealth and the millions of dollars they get from crude oil exportation EVERYDAY, they'll still be taxing us anyhow.

BASTARDS

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by iCauseTrouble: 11:56am On May 22
grin

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by superCleanworks(m): 11:56am On May 22
very good. make una continue.

the law says telecommunication tax of NOT LESS THAN ONE KOBO

just watch how they will tax 5 naira (500 kobo) per call and tell us it is for the vulnerable and poor. But the poor people in this country also make calls so please who is the tax going to?

the annoying thing is that a group of supposedly intelligent people came together and sat down in a very expensive meeting for over 5 hours at the expense of tax payers......... and they came up with this. Kudos.

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by AdeniyiA(m): 11:57am On May 22
successmatters:
By the time this administration is finished with Nigeria, grin
We'd be finished completely.

I have never seen a completely useless and exploitative government as this, constantly dipping its hands in our pockets to steal from us and absolutely fails to provide any commensurate services to the public. But a one useless kinsman of the certificateless would dip his hands into the coffers to embezzled 80bn just like that and no consequences. Many lives are lost due to govt irresponsibility, the govt kills than all causes of death in a calendar year. I only pray we do not repeat this same mistake again angry

And those who support the near-the-grave Bourdillon thief, may God not allow your wish to come to pass, we can't afford to be subjected to another harrowing years of directionless and absentee presidency due to ill-health

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by Omniman(m): 11:57am On May 22
grin
Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by obonujoker(m): 11:57am On May 22
Accursed govt.

What about tax on senators and other political thrives loots?

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by Rebuke: 11:57am On May 22
Hahahah. They always have reasons and excuses for taxing, even when we can't see what they're doing with our taxes.

Other countries that tax their citizens have working systems such as: good electricity, sound health facilities, good roads, water, etc. That's why they (our politicians) will always run to such countries when they have common headache. Yet, these miscreants that call themselves leaders can't even copy from such countries in the least possible way.


Here, yhu pay for everything but enjoy nothing. Yhu pay NEPA Bills, yet yhu have to fuel generator to enjoy electricity. What a cursed system.

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by FeliciaOja(f): 11:57am On May 22
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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by Femi8586(m): 11:57am On May 22
We're in trouble cry

This evil [/s]government[s] gunment will finish Nigerians

APC = Al-Qaeda's People Congress sad

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by anonymous1759(m): 11:58am On May 22
sad

If the FG cuts the excess of the Nass will heaven fall what sort of rubbish is this ?

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by JosephXavier: 11:58am On May 22
Thet have started robbing the poor in other to help the poor but making the rich richer in the process while the poor remain poorer and the rich become richer

But instead of the poor to fight for their right to become rich, they prefer to support the rich who rob them more and the circle continues

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by Millz404(m): 11:58am On May 22
Criminals that will still steal all the money. Black africa would have been far better under colonial rule. Who ever thought of giving them their own countries.

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by Omniman(m): 11:59am On May 22
Since When did FG start caring about the less previleged?

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Re: FG puts New Tax On Telephone Calls to fund healthcare for less privileged by mfm04622: 11:59am On May 22
successmatters:
By the time this administration is finished with Nigeria, grin

There is no free lunch anywhere. You want good things but don't want to pay! Only in Nigeria!

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