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Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by funshint(m): 9:52pm On Aug 18, 2022
5% Data, Calls Tariff Hike: Finance Minister Dares Pantami

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has drawn a battle line with her Communication and Digital Economy counterpart, Isa Ali Pantami over the planned collection of the increased tariff of five per cent on internet data and phone calls.

Against Pantami’s threats to stop implementation of the increased tariff on telecommunication consumers, saying it will scuttle the growth in the sector, the finance minister said government is going ahead to implement the new tariff hike no matter the opposition. She said the five per cent hike has been in the Finance Act 2020, but was never been implemented.

The finance minister made the remarks during a stakeholders’ meeting that was organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). She was represented by the assistant director, tax policy in her ministry, Musa Umar. “Henceforth, the five percent excise duty will be collected by telecom operators and payment made to the federal government on a monthly basis, on or before 21st of every month,” the minister said yesterday.

Pantami had rejected the planned implementation of five percent excise duty in the Nigerian telecoms sector. He expressed his disapproval for the policy at a telecom forum in Lagos that was organised by the Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecoms Sector (NODITS), an agency domiciled in the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).

He said that he would explore every legitimate means to stop the planned five percent excise duty tax on telecom consumers, faulting the timing and process of imposing the tax on the telecom industry, insisting that part of the responsibility of a responsive government was not to increase the challenges citizens were facing.

“I have not been contacted officially. If we are, we surely will state our case. The sector that contributes to the economy should be encouraged. You introduce excise duty to discourage luxury goods like alcohol, but broadband in the telecom sector is a necessity,” he told the gathering in Lagos.

But the finance minister said Pantami cannot claim to be absented in the whole processes that resulted in the Finance Act, which is a product of both the National Assembly and Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Ahmed said Pantami was involved in the making of the Finance Act which spells the said excise tariff hike policy. Therefore, “he could not obviously have had a point in his ‘dissenting views’ even as the National Assembly could not have contradicted itself on this matter, because the parliament had passed the Finance Bill before President Muhammadu Buhari signed it into law,” she said.

Mrs Ahmed said the federal government introduced “Telecommunication Services” in line with the Finance Act.

Nigeria is one of the largest telecommunication markets in Africa. Available report from the NCC shows four categories of operators, i.e., mobile (GSM), fixed telephony operators (fixed/fixed wireless), internet service providers (ISPS) and others (operators other than mobile & fixed telephony, ISPs).

Subscriber number continues to grow substantially, having increased from about 180 million subscribers in 2019 to over 200 million active subscriptions in 2020. This represents an increase of over nearly 11 percent in total subscriptions. Moreover, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa such as Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana and Burundi currently impose excise duty on telecommunication services ranging between five per cent to 20 per cent.

The excise duty on telecommunication services provided in Nigeria introduced through the Finance Act, 2020 with statutory enactment on 1st January, 2021 is yet to be implemented till date.

The government said the delay was to consider the need to ensure reasonable transition period before the implementation of the new tax, as well as providing clarity to all stakeholders on implementation modalities.

The finance minister claimed that she had through a circular dated 1st March, 2022 informed the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other heads of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), including the Federal Ministry of Communication & Digital Economy about Buhari’s approval of the implementation of the five percent excise duty on telecommunication services with effect from 1st June, 2022.

https://leadership.ng/5-data-calls-tariff-hike-finance-minister-dares-pantami/

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Guzel: 9:57pm On Aug 18, 2022
They should fight and expose more
Buhari has no grip of his ministers and appointees.

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by funshint(m): 9:57pm On Aug 18, 2022
This woman together with the Minister of Justice(Malami) should be arrested. They should be locked up in prison and the keys thrown into the lagoon. Very corrupt and heartless administration angry

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by christejames(m): 10:00pm On Aug 18, 2022
When subordinates start acting as they please then just know that such organization lacks leadership structure undecided




Nigeria is on autopilot!

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by NaijaRoyalty(m): 10:06pm On Aug 18, 2022
Do we even have a president in this country ?

Everybody just dey do anyhow in this country

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Racoon(m): 10:09pm On Aug 18, 2022
Crooked criminals clashing all simply of the money each one wants to outsmart the other and steal. Abeg more of the roforofo fight. Let's them expose themselves.

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by jumper524(m): 11:24pm On Aug 18, 2022
funshint:
This woman together with the Minister of Justice(Malami) should be arrested. They should be locked up in prison and the keys thrown into the lagoon. Very corrupt and heartless administration angry
you sef notice am say this woman no pure at all..
The period when she react to the purchase of vehicle to Niger govt and Niger govt denying..
Liers everywhere.

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by christejames(m): 1:22pm On Aug 19, 2022
This goes to show the level of high handedness in this administration, proving that each person under this rudderless administration does things as they please undecided undecided




Nigeria is on autopilot!






My Joy is that ObiDatti is coming for rescue.

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by NaijaCover(m): 1:22pm On Aug 19, 2022
No Be Small Thing ooooo
Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Zico5(m): 1:22pm On Aug 19, 2022
Two useless people in a useless regime. I wonder who is even useful in that regime. They are all bird of a feather who will rot away with time. May almighty God punish all of them.

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by slawomir: 1:22pm On Aug 19, 2022
Damnnn niggar
Make them kill themselves

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by cRobo: 1:23pm On Aug 19, 2022
Round One

Fight
Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by dalass(f): 1:23pm On Aug 19, 2022
cry

Both of them are disasters to this country.. Let them fight and finish themselves.. who cares??

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Godjone(m): 1:23pm On Aug 19, 2022
cheesy
Two useless ministers. One a terrorist the other a renowned looter

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by GamalNasser: 1:23pm On Aug 19, 2022
That bastard woman should be sacked ..I stand with Pantami over this

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Honourable1901(m): 1:23pm On Aug 19, 2022
I have said this both offline and online that our minister of finance is dull and corrupt
Nothing in her skull ,just loans ,school feeding, conditional cash transfer

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by tolumizzy(m): 1:23pm On Aug 19, 2022
Am not here for peace.....can I get some likes for vawulence sake

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Mokason288(m): 1:23pm On Aug 19, 2022
GamalNasser:
That bastard woman should be sacked ..I stand with Pantami over this
All of you should shutt up

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Passionate888: 1:24pm On Aug 19, 2022
People wey bubu spent 6 months to appoint o

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by iiifedimma(f): 1:24pm On Aug 19, 2022
A full terrorist government

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Rebuke: 1:24pm On Aug 19, 2022
Smh! Confused lot. Who dem help ?

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by wittywriter: 1:25pm On Aug 19, 2022
APC is a plague! Know this and know peace.


© Wittyness
Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by SouthSouth1914: 1:25pm On Aug 19, 2022
This woman is the most corrupt government official seconded by Malami!

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Starships4u(m): 1:25pm On Aug 19, 2022
Make uhna draw am well

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by ekanx27(m): 1:25pm On Aug 19, 2022
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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Johnrake69: 1:26pm On Aug 19, 2022
Lol... Vote Peter Obi of Labour Party for Presidency

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Tboymessiah(m): 1:26pm On Aug 19, 2022
NasoLifeBe!!!

Na Aboki matter, na only boko haram go fit settle the case.

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Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by aribisala0(m): 1:26pm On Aug 19, 2022
My issue is why should this tax go to the FG and not the states
Re: Finance Minister Zainab vs Communication Minister Pantami: Battle Line Drawn by Akwamkpuruamu: 1:26pm On Aug 19, 2022
They should kuku dance naked on the street

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