Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication, says a proposal by the Nigerian government to impose a 10 per cent tax on phone calls, text messages, data and more, would help enhance telecommunication services in the country.
The plan has been widely criticised.
But Mr. Shittu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Osogbo, Osun State, that the proposed tax would also help to improve telecommunication infrastructure.
“We have a lot of deficiency in the provision of infrastructure in the telecommunication sector.
“And I believe that those who proposed the bill must have thought that government centrally relies on tax because without tax, government cannot operate,” he said.
The minister said the ministry was proposing a workshop to sensitise the public on the new bill.
“We are proposing a workshop on the bill for all stakeholders in telecommunication services, operators and even ordinary man.
“I hope that at the appropriate time, when the figures are out, everybody will appreciate the need for such a tax in which at the end of the day will improve services and make everybody happy.
“Everybody is complaining every day over lack of quality and good services, drop calls and all of that.
“All these are caused by deficiency in infrastructure and Nigerians, I believe that we cannot shy away from what will provide government with resources to improve facilities,” Shittu said.
The minister promised that the government would continue to provide enabling environment for telecommunication operators in the country.