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NECA lauds Tinubu’s tax reforms, push for diesel VAT reduction

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The Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has lauded President Bola Tinubu’s tax reforms to foster a more conducive business climate in Nigeria.

NECA’s director-general, Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, gave the commendation in a statement on Thursday following Mr Tinubu’s signing of four executive orders.

The president had earlier signed four executive orders, including the suspension of the five per cent excise tax on telecommunication services as well as the excise duties escalation on locally manufactured products.

“In this context, Tinubu’s bold intervention through several Executive Orders has been welcomed with great enthusiasm. Particularly notable are the suspension of the five per cent excise tax on telecommunication services and the excise duties on items like tobacco, beer, wine/spirits, and the 10 per cent green tax by way of excise tax on single-use plastics,” stated the NECA chief.

He added, “Additionally, the Import Tax Adjustment of two per cent and four per cent on imported motor vehicles of varying engine capacities has been put on hold. We are genuinely thrilled by the new Executive Orders; these amendments will undeniably enhance the operating environment and alleviate the high cost of doing business in Nigeria, especially in light of the recent fuel subsidy removal.”

The NECA director-general, however, said there was a need for further action, expressing the necessity to reconsider the introduction of a value-added tax of 7.5 per cent on diesel, and the outdated practice of minimum taxation.

According to him, these issues, if not addressed, threaten to undermine the gains made by the recent reforms.

“Our businesses continue to be weighed down by these additional tax burdens; it is high time we reviewed such practices that deter economic growth and create hurdles in the path of doing business,“ he said.

Mr Oyerinde reaffirmed the association’s commitment to collaborate closely with the Tinubu government, advocating for further policy changes that could significantly enhance the Nigerian business environment and contribute to national economic prosperity.

(NAN)

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