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Reps to involve EFCC over telcos’ failure to remit tax to govt




Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on ICT, Alhaji Lado Abdullahi, says EFCC will join the committee to investigate telecom providers over alleged non-remittance of the one per cent annual turnover to NITDA.

He told newsmen in a telephone interview on Monday that effort of the committee is to ensure it met the one-month deadline by the House.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Act says telecoms providers should remit a percentage of their annual turnover to NITDA to install infrastructure.

A source at NITDA alleged that telecom providers owed the agency over N200billion which he said had caused Nigeria to lose a verifiable source of revenue generation thus hampering development.

Abdullahi said the house would ensure that the Chief Executive Officers of the nation’s telecom providers accounted for their alleged failure to remit the fund to NITDA for several years.

The lawmaker alleged that the telecom providers had not remitted the said amount since the Act became effective in 2007.

“Our committee has been given a month deadline following a motion sponsored by a member from Ukwa East/West federal constituency in December 2019.

“The committee has not started working because the motion was moved during our last session before we went on recess and we have not resumed.

“So when we resume, we will be able to investigate the matter. Hopefully, by 20th of this month, the committee will take off,” he said.