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Obi decries govt’s Cybersecurity Levy

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Obi: Cybersecurity levy is milking a dying economy

‘When did the office of the NSA become a revenue-collecting centre?’

By Valentine Amanze

The Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, Mr. Peter Obi, has raised alarm over the federal government’s newly introduced Cybersecurity Levy, describing it as “taxes too many; aimed at milking a dying economy.”

Obi also lamented that instead of nurturing the recovery and growth of the economy, the government by its multiple taxation, was heaping more burdens on the masses, who were already suffering severe economic stress.

Obi expressed his feelings on the government’s policy on his X handle, @PeterObi, on Wednesday May 8, 2024.

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His words: “The introduction of yet another tax, in the form of Cybersecurity Levy, on Nigerians who are already suffering severe economic distress is further proof that the government is more interested in milking a dying economy instead of nurturing it to recovery and growth.

“This does not only amount to multiple taxation on banking transactions, which are already subject to various other taxes including stamp duties but negates the government’s avowed commitment to reduce the number of taxes and streamline the tax system.

“The imposition of a Cybersecurity Levy on bank transactions is particularly sad given that the tax is on the trading capital of businesses and not on their profit hence will further erode whatever is left of their remaining capital, after the impact of the Naira devaluation high inflation rate.

“It is inconceivable to expect the suffering citizens of Nigeria to separately fund all activities of the government.

“Policies such as this not only impoverish the citizens but make the country’s economic environment less competitive.

“At a time when the government should be reducing taxes to curb inflation, the government is instead introducing new taxes. And when did the office of the NSA become a revenue-collecting center?

“And why should that purely national security office  receive returns on a specific tax as stated in the new cybersecurity law?”

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