Tax for Service: Group Task Kaduna Government

By Victor Habila, Kaduna

The Tax Justice Network, Christian Aid and other partners said they would collaborate to ensure that taxes generated in Kaduna State were used in the service of the people.

The organisations said that the tax for service initiative was to promote progressive tax systems in the state.

Dr Saied Tafida, a member of the Tax Justice Network Steering Committee, made the disclosure at the opening of Kaduna State Tax Perception Survey Validation Meeting, in Kaduna on Thursday.

He explained that the survey was commissioned by the Tax Justice Network, funded by Christian Aid Nigeria, with support from UK’sForeign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

He noted that the survey was to understand the challenges faced by  citizens regarding the several tax reforms undertaken in the state and broaden conversation on domestic resource mobilisation.

Tafida stressed that the survey was also to generate discussions around social accountability in respect of utilisation of resources.

This, according to him, will entrench tax for service and tax justice to ensure equity and fair tax administration in the state.

“What we want is tax systems that generate sufficient public revenue while ensuring equitable redistribution by rebalancing economic and gender inequalities.

“The meeting, therefore, was to present the perception survey report, get observations from stakeholders and come up with agreements and plan on how to achieve the recommendations from the survey.”

Also speaking, Mr Arokoyo Victor, Senior Programme Coordinator, Policy and Advocacy, Christian Aid, said that the organisation believes that people should not live in poverty.

Victor stressed that tax justice was key in ensuring equity in tax administration, so that people would not be pushed into poverty due to unjust tax systems.

According to him, poverty will persist if communities are deprived of their fair share of state wealth.

Mr Abel Adejor, State Team Lead, Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), said that citizen awareness and engagement would significantly improve the state tax administration system.

Adejor said that PERL had been working to ensure that citizens understand the tax system and engage in the processes for better service delivery.

The executive Chairman, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service, Dr Zaid Abubakar, thanked stakeholders for their efforts to strengthen equity in tax administration system.

Abubakar said that the revenue agency was interested in evidence-based research that would improve tax service delivery in an equitable manner.

“The findings from this research will give us an insight on the taxpayers perception and guide us on how to improve our services, revenue collection and tax for service.

“This, in the long run, will help us achieve our N100 billion Internally Generated Revenue target in 2024,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Kelvin Iweluegim, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at E-Tag Expert Resource Ltd., the firm that conducted the survey, said that the study was conducted between January and March.

Iweluegim said that the coverage included 40 respondents in Jema’a,  40 in Kaduna South and 41 in Lere LGAs, of which 66 per cent were male and 34 per cent female.

​NCC warns Telecom consumers against sharing cell phone, NIN, SIM

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers not to share their cell phones, National Identity Number (NIN), and Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards with others.

Mr Efeosa Edehen, Director Consumer Affairs Bureau, NCC, said on Thursday at a consumer conversation event organised by the commission in Abuja that defaulters would be held liable for any crime committed with the SIM cards.

The conversation with the theme “Know Your Rights and Obligations as a Telecom Consumer” was aimed at enlightening consumers on the dangers of shearing such vital information.

He warned that Nigerians must be extremely careful with their devices so they do not fall into the hands of wrong people who would use them to commit crime and later be traced to the owners of the devices, NIN or SIM cards.

Edehen cautioned Nigerians not to help any of the consumers to link their SIM cards with their NIN or give phones to other people to make calls, send texts, or use social media.

“Your phone carries your identity and therefore should be protected and always be with you.

“Note that you will be responsible for whatever wrong/offense someone else committed while using your SIM card(s). So, be very vigilant.

“As a citizen, it is very important and necessary to register for National Identity Number (NIN) and to ensure your NIN is linked to your SIM cards,” he said.

Speaking further he said Consumers had the right to receive clear and complete terms and conditions for service agreement and disclosures of price for goods and services.

He added that they also had the right to affirmatively accept all terms and conditions before being charged for services.

“They have the right to be protected against fraudulent, misleading and deceitful information, advertisement or labelling.”

According to him, the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003) and Consumer Code of Practice and Regulations 2007 (CCPR 2007) ensure that service Providers deal reasonably with the consumers by providing them with information on their service.

He said that such information should be complete, accurate, and up to date in simple and clear language.

“The Commission plays a vital role in National Security and works very closely with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Security Agencies and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“It also works with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other relevant bodies at ensuring security in the use of the telecom network.’’

Edehen also used the opportunity to enlighten parents and guardians on how to teach their children the proper use of internet.

“Ask how your children use the internet,’’ he advised parents and urged them to make their children show them some of their favorite sites and discuss with them.

“Make them aware that there are things on the internet, which may upset them and that they can always talk to you, their parents, or any trusted adult within.

“Make sure your children realize that they should never give out personal details such as names, address, school names, and telephone numbers to online friends they do not know,” he said.
Source: Vanguard News Nigeria

​Fani-Kayode lauds Buhari over rescue of Afaka students

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El Rufai over the rescue of the kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka.

Sources said the students’ freedom was facilitated by Sheikh Ahmad Gumi-led committee in collaboration with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The former minister, who spoke on Twitter also commended the Nigerian Army for the rescue of the students.

He, however, said he would continue to attack the government when necessary.

“I commend the Kaduna State Government, the Federal Government and the @HQNigerianArmy for the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from evil and barbaric terrorists in Gwagwada, Chikun LGA of Kaduna state earlier today after a fierce gun battle.

“Way to go! More of this! I am proud of being a Nigerian again.

“We must give credit, commend and applaud where and when it is due and we must attack, condemn and criticise where and when it is necessary.

“I pray that they continue in this way. If they do we shall commend and applaud them. If they do not we shall attack, condemn and criticise them.”