If you thought you’ve read it all when it comes to Nigerian Government and Social media:
Earlier today, the Ugandan Parliament passed a law imposing a tax on people who use social media. Starting from the 1st of July, Ugandans will have to pay money to the government for every time they use platforms like Whatsapp, Twitter, to name a few. How much?
200 Ugandan shillings per day, that is N20 TOO MUCH!
To put that into perspective, Ugandans will have to pay N7,200+ every year to use Social media!
The country claims that this is an attempt to increase the country’s revenue, but another report claims that it was effected to curb gossip online.
In the words of Shaban Bantariza, the Deputy Spokesman for the Government:
“As a government, we thought it would be good to impose taxes on some aspects of the social media, government is installing infrastructure like WiFi in areas around the country and it will not do this without our contribution through taxes.”
Another government official was quoted as saying:
“We’re looking for money to maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently.”
Uganda is not a stranger to passing unbelievable laws like this one— recall that they were the first country in Africa to get a $88,000 pornography detecting machine, they also blocked Twitter and Facebook, among other things.
At the moment, Uganda only has 31% internet penetration at the end of 2017 and laws like this one would reduce that number.
I pray this doesn’t give the Nigerian government any ideas because: