Senator Okorocha Set To Move For The Amendment Of The 1999 Constitution, Receives Immediate Order

By Post-Nigeria: October 9, 2019 16:48

Senator Okorocha Set To Move For The Amendment Of The 1999 Constitution, Receives Immediate Order

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has reacted to the bill to enact a law to impose communication service tax meant to replace the Federal Government’s proposed 2.5 percentage increase in the Value Added Tax, VAT, describing it as less burdensome on the masses.  
The CNPP also threw its weight behind a suggestion by the former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, that Nigeria should adopt a reduced Parliamentarian representation from each State of the Federation, as part of efforts to decrease government’s running costs. 
According to the umbrella body of all registered political parties and political associations in country, in a statement issued on Wednesday, by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, which was sent to Post-Nigeria, the bill tagged: “Communication Service Tax Bill, 2019”, being sponsored by former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, is a lesser evil compared to the impact of a 2.5 percent increase in VAT, which will raise payable VAT to 7.5 percent. 

“For us, the bill proposing levy on electronic communication services like Voice Calls, SMS, MMS, Data usage, and Pay per View TV Stations, is a lesser evil. The impact on the ordinary citizens will be less burdensome than the proposed 7.5 percent VAT the Federal Government wants to slam on the already impoverished masses of Nigeria. 
“We totally agree with Senator Ndume, that the bill would rather enhance distribution of wealth where ordinary Nigerians would benefit, than impoverish the masses the more, as VAT increment will not only affect the economy negatively, but will further reduce the purchasing power of the poorest of Nigerians”, the CNPP observed. 

Reacting to the proposed reduction of the numbers of Legislative representatives from States at the National Assembly, the CNPP noted that: “Senator Okorocha was telling nothing but the truth, when he canvassed that one Senator is enough to represent a State at the Legislative Chamber. 
“Like Senator Okorocha said, what is too sacrosanct that Senators and House of Representatives members were doing, that only Senator per State could not do? 

“We therefore, urge Senator Okorocha to urgently sponsor a bill for the amendment of relevant sections of the Constitution, in line with his thoughts to conserve funds for capital projects, to the benefit of poor Nigerians”, the CNPP counselled.