- The federal government said 9 million sim cards remain unregistered
- Isa Patami said the NCC has been ordered to block the unregistered sim
- The minister of communication said the sim cards will remain blocked until the owners present themselves
The federal government has said that it has directed the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) to block unregistered sim cards.
Dr Isa Patami who is the minister of communication revealed this on Thursday, September 12. According to he minister, over 9 million sim cards are still unregistered.
He said the NCC has been ordered to block the cards until their owners present themselves.
Meanwhile, the proposed increment of Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 per cent to 7.2 per cent has generated reactions from Nigerians, with many condemning the development.
The minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, had disclosed it at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, September 11.
She said: “We also reported to council and council has agreed that we start the process towards the increase of the VAT rate. We are proposing and council has agreed increase the VAT rate from five percent to 7.2 percent. This is important because the federal government only retains 15 percent of the VAT — 85 percent is actually for the states and local governments and the states need additional revenue to be able to meet the obligations of the minimum wage.
“This process involves extensive consultations that need to be made across the country at various levels and also it will involve the review of the VAT act. So, it is not going to be implemented immediately until the act is reviewed.”
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The minister said this was to address the issue of new minimum wage.
Nigerians took to social media to express their opinion about the government’s move. While some acknowledged that the country has one of the lowest VAT rate in the world, others criticised the timing.
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