Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Senate Pledges To Intervene In Plans To Increase Cost Of Data

As anger trails NCC directive to telcos to
hike tariff
Nigerians have reacted angrily to the
recent directive by the Nigerian
Communications Commission (NCC) to
telecom operators to increase the tariff for
data services, with several of them calling
on the National Assembly to intervene in
the matter.
In reaction to the NCC directive, MTN has
started sending out bulk messages to its
subscribers alerting them of the planned
increase. The text message read: “Dear
customer, please be informed that from 1st
Dec, some MTN data tariffs will be
increased to reflect the new rates set by the
NCC to operators. Thank you.”
Sources indicate that the new rate could
see subscribers of MTN, GLO, AIRTEL &
Etisalat paying as much as N1000 for 500
megabytes instead of the 1 gigabyte, 1.5
gigabytes or 2 gigabytes they currently get,
depending on the network.
There could be charges for other telecom
services in the country in order to meet the
reported proposition by Godwin Emefiele,
the Central Bank Governor, for a tax from
mobile phone users in the country as part
of efforts to address the economic
Many subscribers who reacted to the issue
via their twitter handles wondered why
NCC would seek to bring more hardship on
Nigerians who are battling to survive the
economic recession. They called on Senate
President, Bukola Saraki, to stop the
draconian directive by NCC.
The Senate President in a short message on
his Twitter handle has promised that the
Senate would intervene.
Senator Shehu Sani was among those who
condemned the planned increase. “At a
time telecom companies are still making
billions in profits despite the recession,
increasing tariff on data services is simply
about extorting more from the people for
data after paying more for electricity,”
Senator Sani wrote.
Henry Ezeanya wrote: “can you people
kindly look into the NCC’s hike in data
charges. Market force bringing prices
down, but NCC wants it up..”
Seyi Benz: “they want to gag us by
increasing tariff so we can’t come online n
harangue them on bad governance. It’s a
Judith Hanrankis : “sir, am a student that
still manage to subscribe with 1500 for my
assignments, pls I can’t afford this NCC
new rate,do something”.
David Olar tweeted: “Pls #SaveOurSoul
@bukolasaraki Call Tariffs should be
cheaper @NgComCommission can not be
acting a script of incompetent.”
Olumide: “still wondering how people in
NIGauthority think, other countries: almost
free wifi, Nigerian govt. data4d rich”.
Umar. S: “Pls sir, don’t let them hike it.
Nigerians are already feeling the heat.”
Nwachukwu Ugochukwu: We trust you to
act fast on this as usual. Thanks Mr
Kazzem Mossa Tijani: “Enough of these
extortions. Salary is not increased. Salary
is not regular and everything is just going
up. What a country. It seems NCC is not
experiencing recession. God save us from
these heartless people.”
Olushola Olufolabi: “cheap cost of reliable
communication enables good business,
good business translates to good economy
In a short reply to the numerous tweets,
Saraki confirmed that the Senate will look
into the data tariff increase. “Will do”, the
Senate President said.