The Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Dambatta, said the commission had contributed not less than N1.4trilion to the growth and development of the country’s economy within six months.
He, however, lamented that multiple taxation, obstruction of the right of way for development of Information and Communications Technology in some states were the major challenges limiting the progress of the telecom operators in the country.
He spoke in Kano Northern Nigeria during a courtesy call on the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and complained that the activities of some state government agencies were hampering the operations of the telecoms operators.
He pleaded with the governor to mobilise his counterparts in the 19 northern states to address the multiple taxes being reportedly imposed on the telecoms operators.
According to him, his mission in Kano, among others, was to draw the attention of the state government to the resolution of the National Economic Council on the multiple taxation, levies and charges on the ICT infrastructure in Nigeria.
He said that the Lagos State Government had already commenced the full implementation of the provisions of the resolution and described this as a model for other states.
Dambatta said that about 40 million people had been denied access to quality service by telecoms operators, due to their formation impediments, thus making it difficult for the service providers to deliver efficient services to their numerous subscribers.
The NCC boss said that the issue of broad band penetration was of mutual benefit to the government at all levels and the citizens as this would enhance the latter’s sources of revenue through taxes and charges that were capable of driving investments.
Danbatta, however, said that the realisation of this objective would depend largely on the level of support and partnership that the NCC could establish with critical stakeholders like state governments.