Communication Tax: Nigerians Berate Fowler; Say FIRS’ Agenda is ‘Evil’

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Tunde Fowler, Chairman of FIRS

Following the call by the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, that the Nigerian government introduce Communication Tax to her citizens, Nigerians continue to react by faulting the FIRS boss.

Fowler, had on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, while speaking on the sidelines of the 25th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference, said that since Nigerians talk a lot on their phones, imposing communication tax on them will bring no harm.

I will put it this way, Nigerians talk a lot on phone; they even talk more than is required. If they have the capacity or revenue to talk that much, I do not see any harm in paying a little bit more to government,” the FIRS boss said.

Meanwhile, Nigerians who aired their views to CobraReview have expressed their discomfort with the move, describing it as ‘Anti-People’.

Jeffrey Ilori, a financial adviser cum digital marketer says: “This is an evil call from Mr Fowler. The move, if considered and passed, will further compound the sufferings of Nigeria citizens. The FIRS boss must be living in another world to think ‘speaking much on the phone’ equates financial stability.

Blessing Kayode, a Business Development Executive with Coscharis Mobility Ltd, while speaking with CobraReview stated that the call by the FIRS boss is anti-people, and will greatly affect the poor citizens.

Communication Tax or what am I hearing? This is the height of cheat and Injustice. If at all government want to impose tax on call, it should be on government officials who often speak for hours. This move is so anti-people and will further worsen the condition of the ordinary Nigerian,” she said.

While speaking with our correspondent, Mrs Titilayo Olayinka, a food vendor, described Mr Fowler’s call as heartless, and pleaded with the federal government not to yield to such advise. “That man is very heartless to have called for such thing. So, I will now be charged whenever I call my meat suppliers, or when I call my children and loved ones? This is not a good move, and it must not be considered,” she said.

A recharge cards dealer at Abule Egba, Lagos, Joshua Akume, said: “whether or not Nigerians talk much over the phone shouldn’t be an issue to FIRS or the federal government. Government is there to lessen our loads, not to complicate our conditions. This call by Mr Fowler is the height of Wickedness, and it mustn’t stand.”

When contacted, Mr Jide Olomoleyin, a former employee of Glo said: “Although, placing a tax on calls is not absolutely wrong, but Nigeria and Nigerians don’t need that for now. People are languishing inside poverty and you’re there calling for communication tax? That’s pure wickedness to say the least.”

CobraReview gathered that the senate is currently working on a bill for a law to establish the ‘Communication Service Tax’, which if passed, will see consumers pay a 9% charge when they make calls, consume data or subscribe to a cable Tv platform.

However, the move which is still very unpopular has since been outrightly rejected by Nigerians.

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