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Pres. Tinubu Suspends the Implementation of the Controversial Cybersecurity Levy, Orders CBN for Review

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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President Tinubu has taken the major step in response to growing concerns over the implementation of a controversial cybersecurity levy. 

The levy, which generated much controversy and criticism among stakeholders, has now been suspended by the President pending a thorough review by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Background on the Cybersecurity Levy

Originally proposed as a way to bolster the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure and combat the growing threat of cyberattacks, the cybersecurity levy quickly became a controversial issue due to perceived financial burdens it is likely to impose on businesses, potentially stifling economic growth and innovation.

Public Outcry and Presidential Intervention

The public outcry against the cybersecurity tariff reached a crescendo in recent weeks, with industry leaders, advocacy groups and citizens alike expressing concerns about the potential consequences. 

In response to this mounting pressure, President Tinubu made the decision to suspend the implementation of the levy and called for a comprehensive review of its implications. 

Presidential Directive to CBN

President Tinubu’s directive to the CBN to scrutinize the Cyber ​​Security Levy is a significant development in the ongoing debate over the controversial policy. 

The president has stressed the importance of balancing the development of cybersecurity measures and creating an enabling environment for business growth.

Read More: Tinubu Lifts Cryptocurrency Ban in Nigeria, Pledges Support for Crypto Users

Implications for Businesses and Consumers

Suspending the cybersecurity tax would have an immediate impact on businesses and consumers across the country. 

Businesses that were preparing for the financial impact of the levy can now breathe a sigh of relief while consumers may see potential cost reductions that could have been passed on to them.

Stakeholder Responses and Expectations

President Tinubu’s decision to suspend the Cybersecurity Levy has been welcomed by industry stakeholders as a positive step to address public concerns. 

Many are now eagerly awaiting the outcome of the CBN investigation and hoping for a more balanced and equitable funding approach to cybersecurity.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Cybersecurity Funding

As the CBN embarks on a review of the cybersecurity levy, the country is poised to witness a pivotal moment in the growth of cybersecurity credits. 

The outcome of this study will not only shape the future of cybersecurity policy in Nigeria, but also serve as a model for how governments around the world deal with similar challenges.

Finally, President Tinubu’s decision to suspend the implementation of the controversial cybersecurity levy demonstrates his commitment to listen to the concerns of the people and act decisively in support of the country’s economic well-being. 

The upcoming review by the CBN will be closely watched by all stakeholders as they await a nuanced and balanced approach to cybersecurity funding.

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Oluchukwu Ikemefuna
Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

Oluchukwu Blessing Ikemefuna, a talented content writer from Anambra, Nigeria, found her writing passion in secondary school. Holding a degree in Biological Sciences from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, she specializes in blog writing across technology, finance, healthcare, education, and lifestyle sectors. With strong research and SEO skills, Oluchukwu creates engaging content globally. Her work aims to inspire and engage authentically while driving action. Outside work, she enjoys travel, reading, and movies as she grows as a skilled writer.

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