INCOME TAX: NIGERIANS REACTS TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S ORDER TO FILL SELF-CERTIFICATION FORMS
The Nigerian government is facing heavy criticisms following a statement put out on Thursday, ordering Nigerians to obtain and fill self-certification forms.
According to the statement, citizens are mandated to fill the forms to enable financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019.
However, Nigerians are asking why the government is subjecting its citizens to another data collection process especially since the people already have a Bank Verification Number BVN and National Identification Number (NIN)
The BVN is a prerequisite to owning a bank account in Nigeria, and it is linked to all bank accounts.
Below are reactions from Nigerians:
BVN. National Driver's license. National ID card. INEC registration. International Passport. Biometrics were taken in all these places. Why do you people like to see us suffer in queues for no reason? Can’t you take whatever data you need already? This is just so wrong. https://t.co/mbh4adyXLV
— The Godfather JP (@AyoOyalowo) September 17, 2020
Na you do National ID card, na you do SIM registration, you even did Bank Verification Number to align accounts but you are here again talking “Self-Certification. Even if you are confused about running government, can you at least pretend not to be confused?
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) September 17, 2020
BVN. Driver's license. National ID card. INEC registration. International passport. Biometrics were taken in all these places. So, what is the meaning of this?
— Olusegun Adeniyi (@Olusegunverdict) September 17, 2020
We’ve identified & verified ourselves through every means possible with National ID, BVN, sim registration, drivers license etc but you still want us to MANUALLY fill form to come & tell you who we are AGAIN. If you don’t know who we are at this point, we are fine with it abeg
— ebele. (@ebelee_) September 17, 2020
Local man suffered to do BVN.
Got extorted to do National ID.
Got extorted to do International passport.
Suffered to get Voters card.
Suffered to do Drivers license.
All biometrics but still unknown in the country.
Call Bill Gates to come and put chip in my body please. https://t.co/R9UIBQU7ta
— Bam Bam (@wastedtwits) September 17, 2020