Reps orders CBN to suspend implementation of cybersecurity levy

The House of Representatives has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to suspend the implementation of the controversial cybersecurity levy.


The House said the circular by the apex bank was prone to misinterpretation by Nigerians as it negated the spirit and letters of section 44(2a) of the cybercrime Act which specify those who are expected to pay the levy.


Adopting a motion of urgent public importance moved by Minority Leader, Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) on behalf of the entire members, the House asked the Central Bank to immediately withdraw its earlier circular on the implementation of the levy and issue another circular in love with the provisions of the Act.


Chinda said section 44(2a) of the cybercrime act listed those to pay the stipulated fees as GSM and telecom companies, Internet providers, Banks and other financial institutions, insurance companies and Stocks Exchange.


He explained that the circular from the CBN has raised apprehension across the country as it has given the impression that the levy is to be paid by Nigerians in an era when they are still battling with increase in price of petroleum product among others.


He said further that the CBN circular has been subjected to several interpretation.



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