Lagos State earned a total of N4.6bn from different kinds of charges from telecoms operators in 2019, a research conducted by the Nigerian Communications Commission has shown.
The study examined the quantum of taxes, levies, and fees collected by state governments and their impact on the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government.
The report stated that the Lagos State Government collected the highest amount of taxes, fees, and levies from telecoms operators in Nigeria.
The telecoms companies that submitted the amount paid as taxes, levies, permits, and fees to Lagos State Government included Airtel, MTN, 9mobile, IHS Nigeria, VDT Communications Limited, and ATC Nigeria.
Analyses of the report showed that MTN paid N4.52bn to the state government; Airtel paid N75.72m; and 9mobile paid N11.6m.
Also, IHS Nigeria, a telecom infrastructure service provider company, paid N66.12m to the Lagos State Government in 2019.
VDT, an Internet service provider, paid N2.84m while ATC Nigeria, a telecoms infrastructure company, paid N2.08m.
Findings showed that Lagos State accounted for 32.36 per cent of the total taxes, levies, and fees collected by all states in the country.
Next to Lagos State, the study revealed that Gombe State collected 10.29 per cent of the total taxes, levies, and fees of all the states, followed by Delta State with 8.91 per cent.
The study found that taxes charged by state governments on telecommunications operators in Nigeria have a negative impact on their expansion and coverage of unserved areas.
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