Apparently not satisfied with some anomalies associated with mobile advert revenue collection, the Federal Capital Territory Administration’s Department Of Advertisement and Signages,(DOAS) has launched a unified FCT- State mobile advertisement and haulage permit for the 2023 financial year.
The initiative is the outcome of an improved institutional partnership between DOAS and the six Area Councils as envisioned by FCTA to address issues of multiple taxation for businessmen and women in the territory.
During the Launch in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola said the measure was targeted at having a centralized system of tax collection, for effective harmonization of taxes in the nation’s capital towards minimizing the burden of double taxation on residents that are into businesses.
Mr Adesola who applauded DOAS for the initiative aimed at promoting ease of doing business in the FCT, warned that the FCT Administration would no longer tolerate acts of thuggery in the collection of mobile advertisement going forward.
The Permanent Secretary who explained that proliferation of ‘collection authorities’ for mobile advertisement has led to huge loss of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the FCT, commended the Area Council chairmen for resolving to synergize with DOAS to streamline the collection system.
Earlier, Director of DOAS, Dr Baba-Gana Adam, Corroborated that the lunch of the mobile advertisement permit will sanitize the Department come 2023, even as he appealed to stakeholders who are head bent on the old pattern to have a rethink towards easing off stress for business owners.
“… because this businessman you want to harrass, molest, or make life difficult for can be your relation, can be your town person, can be somebody who is trying to make a living.
So, I’m appealing that all should come under one page with DOAS and the six Area Councils, so that business will be easy for businessmen especially the small and medium enterprises in the FCT”, Adam said
In a remark, the Executive Chairman, Kwali Area Council, Danladi Chiya, who noted that Area Councils have the constitutional right to collect such advertisement taxes, said the Area Councils have no issue with FCTA over the mandate and establishment of DOAS.
Reacting to the effect of the unified mobile advertisement revenue collection system, the FCT Chairman, Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, Ishaq AbdulRaheem, said the advent of DOAS since 2020 has helped to streamline mobile adverts and haulage collection system in the FCT.
He appealed to FCTA and Area Councils to stop the activities of thugs who often operate under the influence of alcohol henceforth.
His words: “the harmonization has been excellent since 2020. Though we started with some challenges but we were able to rectify it. What was the challenge then? when we go to other states, we are apprehended. In 2022 it was corrected. Now we can go to anywhere in Nigeria and we can go to any Area Council without wahala. Now it is unified. So we are still emphasising, on it, they should find a way to remove all those Hoodlums from the road. They create a lot of problem when they are drunk. Let them allow DOAS handle it. So that there will be harmony ” he said.
By Remi Johnson,Edited by Grace Namiji