The Federal Government of Nigeria through its Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami has order that all PRICE of mobile data services must go down.
The minister who said this in his office on Tuesday directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to work in concert with telecom operators within one week to achieve the reduction plan. He said he had been inundated with complaints by Nigerians who pay so much for data that hardly last.
He said: ‘ I am urging the management of NCC to work towards reducing the price of data in Nigeria. It is too costly and people are complaining everyday.
“if you go to other countries, even countries that are not as largely populated as Nigeria, data prices are not this high. I am also a victim of some of the infractions that are so common in the industry.
“you load your data, but you barely use 20 per cent of it and the entire data is wiped off. Illegal data deduction is one of the issues that worry me badly today.”
The minister said he did not agree with an attempt by NCC to defend the operators.
“I was not fully convinced by the explanation.
Please go and sit down and review that issue. It is important and I want to get your feedback with that report in the next five working days with the decision on it.
“ As a regulator, the main agenda of NCC is to protect the consumers; our priority should be the interest of Nigerians.”
The Minister however praised the NCC leadership for its achievements, especially in five percent broadband penetration and the de-activiation of pre-register and unregistered SIM cards.
He urged the commission to go a step further by ensuring that 3G and 4G technology are expanded in Nigeria.