NCC celebrates Special Day at Abuja International Trade Fair, advocates for fair taxation practices

By Williams Ago

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently marked it's Special day at the ongoing Abuja International Trade Fair, in style.

The 18th Abuja International Trade Fair, holding at Abuja Trade and Convention Centre, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Way, Airport road, Abuja, is organized by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

At the event, Executive Vice-Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, said the Commission will continue to advocate for fair taxation practices that do not stifle innovation or place undue burden on consumers.

He said NCC acknowledges the intricacies of tax policies but emphasize the importance of creating an environment where telecommunications companies can thrive. 

According to him, "To address these challenges the Commission continuously engage both the federal and state governments on the need to harmonize taxation in the telecommunications sector."

Professor Danbatta also gave the current subscription rate of mobile users in Nigeria as 220,715,961 million as at August 2023, while teledensity stood at 115.63 per cent at the same period. 

He revealed that the number of active Internet subscribers was 159,034,717 Million with broadband penetration at 45.57 per cent as at August, 2023, stressing, "In this new environment, the competitiveness of Nigerian businesses depends on their ability to leverage on new technologies by acquiring the necessary digital skills to do business on an international scale. This, in turn, benefits the economy financially.”

He expressed NCC's commitment to continue to provide a level-playing ground for operators to thrive, promote investment and delivery of innovative services to individual consumers and business owners by ensuring enhanced consumer quality of experience. 

In his remarks, NCC's Director of Consumer Affairs Bureau, Malam Alkasim Umar, commended the Abuja Chamber of Commerce & Industry, for choosing the theme, “Sustainable Financing and Taxation as Drivers of the New Economy”. 

He said, "this theme is timely and relevant as we navigate the challenges of sustaining our economy and ensuring a conducive business environment."

He reiterated NCC’s commitment to ensuring fair competition and a level-playing field for all stakeholders in the telecommunication industry, particularly in safeguarding the interest of consumers from abuse of their rights and privilege, and against unfair practices in the telecom service value chain.

He then rolled out various consumer-centric initiatives being implemented for a seamless easy telecommunication system in Nigeria with active participation of consumers, service providers as well as NCC, the regulating body.

At the NCC stand, the public took advantage of the forum to ask questions to NCC staff and representatives of various telecoms service providers on issues they have regarding general telecoms service delivery as it affects them.
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