The Anambra State government is ready to disrupt GSM telephony in the state. Government’s plan to shut down operations of telecoms companies in the state is connected to its decision to the recently introduced levies on telecoms services.
The government has imposed a levy of N750,000 per telecoms base station in the state.
Each telecoms operator is required to pay N700,000 before a new mast will be allowed to operate. Failure to pay will elicit a fine of N1 million per base station. The levy on base stations is tagged: “Telecommunications Mast Installation/Approval Permit” and is retroactively applicable to existing base stations.
Levies on the base stations operated by the four major service providers are said to amount to about N1.5billion.
The operators, who have not complied with the new directive, currently pay other levies, including planning permit fees, tenement rate and advertisement signage fees to the Anambra government.
Telecoms companies have been complaining about multiple taxes and excessive levies across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
A demand notice was issued to the companies last month by GeoSonic Nigeria Limited, revenue consultants to the state government.