Telecom companies get 5 days ultimatum to reduce data charges, others
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to resolve the issues of illegal data deduction and review downwards the price nationwide within five days.
He stated this during the presentation of Adeleke Morofolu Adewolu as a new board member/Executive Commissioner by the chairman of the board, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
The minister pointed out that there were numerous complaints from Nigerians regarding illegal data deductions and high prices, adding that he had personally experienced the unpleasant situation.
“I commented last time on the issue of data deduction, this is one of the issues that is worrying me badly to death.
“I was not fully convinced with the explanation by the NCC; please go back and review that issue.
“It is very important and I want to get your feedback in the next five working days with the decision on it because the complaints from Nigerians are beyond what I can handle.
“As it is today, people are complaining and it happens to me. I recharge my phone (my data line) and I believe what I use is not up to 20 per cent of what I purchase.
“This is an issue that is very important.”
Also stressing the need for a reduction in the cost of data, he said, “Also, I directed the NCC to reduce the price of data as well.
“It is very important because other African countries that are not as big as we are have a lesser price of data.”
“As a regulator, your main agenda is to protect the customers. Customers are supposed to be kings and most of these customers are Nigerians.
“Our top priority should be the interest of customers, who happened to be Nigerians,”
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