The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami on Thursday urged Nigerians to direct their inquiries to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) over the 7.5 percent VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages by telecom service providers.
The Minister said his office had been inundated with inquiries by Nigerians concerning the deductions, asserting that his office had no mandate to intervene on tax issues.
The Minister noted in a statement signed by his Media aide, Uwa Suleiman, that he had no prior knowledge of the development.
Patanmi said: “The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has been inundated with complaints and enquiries concerning the recent 7.5% VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages, by some Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
“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 office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is not mandated to handle VAT.
“In the same vein, we also wish to notify the general public that contrary to popular opinion in some quaters, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy had no prior consultation or awareness about the develpment.
“All further enquiries and clarifications may henceforth be directed to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), being the proper institution for tax matters.
“The Honourable Minister assures all Nigerians that under his leadership, the interest of all Nigerians will be protected. ”
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