The indefinite ban imposed on Twitter by the Federal Government of Nigeria might soon be brought to an end as the micro-blogging platform is meeting the requirements and conditions given to them by the government of Nigeria.
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Reports from The Nation newspaper reads that though the President has agreed in principle that Twitter’s social networking operation be restored in Nigeria, he is awaiting the report of the committee to lift the ban it imposed on Twitter on June 4, last year, which took effect on June 5, 2021.
A source told The Nation newspaper publication regarding the lifting of ban on Twitter, saying;
“From the records, Twitter has finally met six conditions set by the Federal Government for the lifting of the ban on its service in Nigeria as at the close of business in 2021.
“The operation of Twitter will now be fully regulated, including opening of office and deployment of a Country Representative. We can now hold an officer responsible for any infraction.
“Twitter only requested that the Federal Government should allow it to open the office in 2022 because there was no provision for it in its last year’s budget. Since we are in a new year, we are expecting that the office will take off soon.
“With payment of taxes, we are hopeful that the government will earn enhanced revenue from Twitter. This ban has helped to correct the lapses of the past. For instance, Twitter has been raking huge cash from Nigeria without legal backing and compliance with our revenue laws.
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“Although it was alleged that Nigerians have lost over ₦6billion to the ban but the Federal Government has lost much more in revenue.
“In spite of recourse to VPN by some users in Nigeria, Twitter revenue slumped considerably because this alternative does not fetch income to it.
“Now, the era of impunity is gone. Twitter must register with CAC and operate in Nigeria as a business concern which it is in other parts of the world.”
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LatestNGnew.com reported earlier that some of the conditions Twitter agreed to includes;
Open an office in Nigeria
Have a country representative
Register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as well as getting a National Broadcasting Commission’s license
Payment of fair taxes
Sensitive to national security and cohesion. It must not undermine the nation’s security
Train Nigerian IT personnel and strategic intelligence officers on how to report twitter abuse /infractions noticed by the government.
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