No prior consultation on 7.5% VAT deductions by Telecom – Pantami

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Ibrahim Pantami has said that no prior consultation or awareness about the development concerning the recent 7.5% VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages, by some Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

In a press release signed by the spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Uwa Suleiman (Mrs) on Thursday, he said all further enquiries and clarifications may henceforth be directed to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), being the proper institution for tax matters.

He said his office is not mandated to handle VAT. “While we appreciate the support and efforts of well meaning Nigerians who have sought clarifications in a civil manner, we wish to inform the general public that the issues of VAT, do not fall under the Ministry’s purview.

The Honourable Minister assures all Nigerians that under his leadership, the interest of all Nigerians will be protected. “In the same vein, we also wish to notify the general public that contrary to popular opinion in some quaters”.

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