I wasn’t informed of 7.5% VAT deductions on phone calls – Pantami

Isa Ali Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has said that the 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) deductions on voice calls and text messages fell under the purview of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

In a statement on Thursday by his spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, Pantami said the ministry was not mandated to handle the issue.

Pantami also explained that the ministry was inundated with complaints and enquiries concerning the recent 7.5 per cent VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages by some mobile network operators (MNOs).

“We also wish to notify the general public that contrary to opinion in some quarters, I had no prior consultation or awareness about this development,” he said.

He further advised that all enquiries and clarifications should henceforth be directed to FIRS, being the proper institution on VAT matters.

Pantami, however, assured that the interests of Nigerians would be protected in that aspect.

“We appreciate the support and efforts of well-meaning Nigerians who have sought clarifications in a civil manner,” he said.