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Nigerians lament VAT deduction on recharges for prepaid metres


Nigerians have started complaining about the N750 VAT that is usually deducted for their prepaid metres. In this interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly, they lament that even when they don’t use light, they still pay VAT.


Oriyomi Hakeem (RIE Avenue, Gardol Street)

One can only enjoy the prepaid metre if only light is stable and also if you are the only one using it. In my own case, I and nine other neighbours use it together because I stay in a face-me-I-face-you. The only difference is that everyone is learned, that is why we don’t have much problem.

The Value Added Tax (VAT) is something to worry about because as I’m taking to you now, the light in my area is not stable. For close to 4 weeks, they didn’t even flash it. They only brought it last week and it didn’t even last 30 minutes and we will still pay VAT for this month that we didn’t enjoy light.


Ezem Joy (Kaje Street, Obawole)

The VAT issue is very annoying because even the month you don’t recharge, you will still have to pay VAT. But one thing I don’t understand now is whether they’re stopped deducting it because the last time I recharged for my house in February, I recharged N1,500 and they gave me card worth N1,500 without removing the VAT.

I just think they are not piling it till when I’ll recharge big money because when I recharged for the shop where I work last December, they still removed VAT for November and December which is N750 each and gave me N4,500 out of the N6,000 I paid.


Hassan Keji

I wouldn’t have found it painful if only light is stable. But in a case where you enjoy light for one month and the following month, you don’t see light and they will remove the VAT for that month. It’s so annoying.


Emeka Alloy (Ogba Bus stop)

The issue of prepaid metre in this country is getting worse. How would you expect us not use light and still pay VAT for what we don’t use. If I buy N2,000 card on my prepaid metre, I will pay 750 for Value Added Tax (VAT) and if I don’t recharge for some month, I will still pay for that month.

Assuming it is three month, if I now go to pay four months later, they will still deduct the three months VAT. I think we should be using the light the way we use it before, normal metre not prepaid.


Olofinyokun Iyabo (Ikorodu)

The issue of prepaid metre, I don’t even know what to say about it. If I pay N2,000 they will deduct N750 and it will remain N1,250 on your prepaid metre. Some months now that we are not given constant light, I don’t recharge because I still have card on it. But  if I want to go and pay for it, they will still calculate the months together and deduct it.


Elshinloye Suliamon (Ikorodu)

I really like prepaid metre if there is light but the problem is, we are not using constant light and we are still paying for VAT. It is not an easy thing. For me to be paying for what I don’t use, I think Fashola should do something about this.



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