Publishers condemn 50% tariff on books

As part of concerted efforts to ensure the survival of books and build capacity in the book industry in Nigeria, the Nigeria Publishers Association (NPA) has asked the Federal Government to relax policies such as the recent introduction of tariff and duty regimes on books.

This was made public at the recent summit organised by Nigerian Publishers Association, a forum through which publishers meet and deliberate on various issues affecting the publishing industry and the book trade at large.

According to the Executive Secretary of the NPA, Mr. Banji Aladesuyi, “the purpose of the mini-summit was to examine critically the survival of the publishing industry and the effect of a number of current practices and nuances of government and individuals on the publishing industry.

“Such government policies include the sudden introduction of the tariff and duty regimes of 50 per cent on school books. Although this has been put in abeyance till September 30, 2014 – end of school year, following an all round condemnation.”