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Senator Ndume condemns cybersecurity levy, calls for income increase

 Senator Ndume condemns cybersecurity levy, calls for income

Senator Ali Ndume has criticized the contentious cybersecurity levy, arguing that it is inappropriate for the government to impose additional taxes on citizens without taking measures to boost their income.

The representative of Borno South Senatorial District in the Senate revealed this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television's Politics Today on Friday.

According to him, the proposed cybersecurity levy would escalate the tax burden on Nigerians.

“You cannot be charging taxes on people when you are not increasing their income. Their source of income, you are not widening it, you are not increasing it. I am not part of those that support levying people anyhow,” he said.

The Cybersecurity Act underwent recent amendments by the National Assembly, of which Ndume is a member. He acknowledged his support for the Act but expressed regret for not identifying the provision that imposes a burden on Nigerians.

“The amendment to the Cybersecurity Act, I supported it but not the nitty-gritty and I am not trying to run away from any blame. We have issues with cybercrime, you know that, and there is a need for the government to improve the Cybercrime Act, that is what I understand by the amendment.

“Looking at the nitty-gritty would have been the responsibility of interested parties. If I had known there is an issue where a cost would be transferred to a customer or a Nigerian, I would not agree,” he said.

He emphasized that lawmakers shouldn't solely shoulder the blame for the Act, noting that civil society organizations and labour unions are also responsible for highlighting potential issues during public hearings when certain aspects may evade lawmakers' attention.

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