Ndume Opposes Controversial Cybersecurity Levy

Senator Ali Ndume, representing Borno South Senatorial District, has voiced opposition to the contentious cybersecurity levy proposed by the government.

During an appearance on a Channels Television program on Friday, May 10, Senator Ndume expressed his disapproval of the levy, highlighting concerns about its impact on citizens already burdened by economic challenges.

Ndume criticized the government’s decision to impose additional levies on the populace without implementing measures to enhance their income.

He said; “You cannot be loading taxes on people when you are not increasing their income. Their source of income, you are not widening it, you are not increasing it. I am not part of those that support levying people anyhow.

“The amendment to the Cybersecurity Act, I supported it but not the nitty-gritty and I am not trying to run away from any blame. We have issues with cybercrime you know that, and there is a need for the government to improve the Cybercrime Act, that is what I understand by the amendment.

“Looking at the nitty-gritty would have been the responsibility of interested parties. If I had known there is an issue where a cost would be transferred to a customer or a Nigerian I would not agree.”

Ndume also said lawmakers alone should not take the blame for the Act as civil society organisations and the labour unions are supposed to point out grey areas during public hearing.

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