Business owners in various sectors of the economy have requested for a one-year tax break among others things from the government to enable them to recover.
This was contained in the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry COVID-19 Impact Report Survey released on Sunday.
It was signed by the Director-General of LCCI, Dr Muda Yusuf.
Apart from one-year tax relief, the businesses also asked for the suspension of the implementation of the new Value Added Tax regime rate till year end.
According to a report by the PUNCH, They demanded these incentives for healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, airlines, manufacturers, aggro-processors, Small and Medium Enterprises and the hospitality sector.
Yusuf said the report was in line with the LCCI’s mandate of ensuring an enabling environment for the general business community, and to determine the impact of the lock-down on businesses, using Lagos State as case study, “informed by its commercial and economic importance to Nigeria.”
He said the survey captured business operators across various sectors of the economy such as food processing, agriculture, financial services, professional services, ICT, exports, trade and freight forwarding.
According to the report, a significant fraction of sampled businesses, precisely 81 per cent, were ‘severely’ affected by the lock-down while 17 per cent indicated moderate impact on their business.
It added that the lock-down had severe impact on over 50 per cent of businesses in the services sector, necessitated lower demand for services by individual and corporate clients.
It further indicated that during the lock-down, clients prioritized food and essential items ahead of ‘relatively less important’ services, and corporate clients ran skeletal operations, which depressed demand for non-essential services.
It added that public and private sector must make concerted efforts to protect businesses, jobs and income.
The report read in part, “Recognizing the role of business and investment in the economy, it is imperative to have a strategy aimed at enabling businesses to navigate through the current storm caused by the pandemic and jump starting the economy in general.”