The federal government says it is considering taxing air passengers and phone users including companies operating within the country as one of the ways to fund HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
According to the proposal, $1is to be paid by domestic passengers in economy class while passengers on business and first class domestic flights would pay $6. Besides, $12 is to be paid by international passengers in economy class as $60 is expected from business and first class international passengers.
The proposal is currently before President Goodluck Jonathan for approval. Projection for mobile phone users according to the plan include annual operating levy of 2.5 percent of licencee’s net revenue as $0.3 per call would be charged per call on mobile phone users.
The policy also requires that companies with 100 employees and above be made to pay mandatory contributions for workplace programmes. These are expected to generate over N200 billion between 2013 and 2022.
The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof. John Idoko, disclosed this yesterday at a meeting with stakeholders on Resource Mobilisation Mapping and Strategy in Abuja.
Responding to the plan, Prof. Idoko said: “This is not new to us. You know about the Petroleum Trust Fund and the Education Tax Fund. We have done our own situation analysis on how much we can realise from both the mobile phone and airline tax. The proposal has been with the Presidency for almost a year and we are following it up.”