NCC Introduces Reforms to Strengthen Telecoms Sector

NCC Introduces Reforms to Strengthen Telecoms Sector
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed its commitment to implementing essential reforms aimed at bolstering the communications sector in Nigeria. Adeleke Adewolu, the Executive Commissioner for Stakeholder Management at NCC, made this declaration while addressing stakeholders at the combined second and third quarters 2023 meeting of the Industry Working Groups (IWG) on multiple taxation and regulations in the telecoms sector.
The meeting, which took place in Ibadan, Oyo State, was a prelude to a larger Regional Stakeholders Workshop on Multiple Taxation and Regulations. Adewolu emphasized that the IWG’s activities are focused on ensuring fair tax policies and eliminating incidents of multiple taxation and regulations affecting the Nigerian telecommunications industry.
Adewolu highlighted the significant milestones achieved by the industry since the establishment of the IWG over two decades ago. He noted that the platform has been effective in articulating industry concerns and providing solutions, particularly in addressing multiple taxation issues.
He praised recent industry achievements, including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s signing of four Executive Orders to curb multiple taxation. One of these orders suspended the five percent Excise Duty on telecommunication services, along with the escalation of Excise Duties on other locally manufactured products.
Despite these gains, Adewolu acknowledged that challenges such as arbitrary Right of Way (RoW) charges, hidden nuisance taxes, and unauthorized regulatory encroachments persist in the industry. He assured stakeholders that the Commission is diligently working to harmonize RoW charges across the country.
In addition to collaborating with existing agencies, NCC is strategically partnering with sister agencies such as the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to synchronize regulatory actions and boost market development and industry sustainability.
Adewolu encouraged telecom licensees to continue reporting issues on multiple taxation and regulation to the Commission. He assured stakeholders of NCC’s commitment to implementing necessary reforms to strengthen the communications sector and enhance market development.

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