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Tuesday, 29 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 recession. 

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 ploy.”

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 President.

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 growth”
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.

29 comments:

Bonita Bislam said...

Ever since this administration cane into power, its one hike in prices of one thing or the other.Fuel marketers are already drumming to hoard fuel against festive seasons just because outstanding bills owed them have not been Paid by FG.Prices of food items like rice have skyrocketed. And now this beautiful nonsense?

Ogenah Boris said...

TTh

Ogenah Boris said...

They should ooh

Jamila Shaibu said...

They should

Uju Phil said...

They should better do something about it,cldnt shout much when i got a text from MTN days back stating that from Dec bla bla bla...they'll increase their tariff,no chills whatsoever! #DayRobbers

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad zinalima said...

TERRORIST BUHARI CAME TO STEAL KILL AND DESTROYE. If he like make him increase am to 1million freeborn go buy am I AM ONLY HAPPY THAT ALL THE BASTARDS THAT SUPPORTED THE BRAIN DEAD MAN CANNOT AVOID IT. very soon Nigerians will pay for the scam recession watch an see. What kind of wicked heartless is this huh? We'll na fullani sha. NEXT YEAR WILL BE THUNDER GOD HAS VINDICATED JONATHAN@LAST APC IS CURSE SO THE ONES ROLLING NIGERIA IS CURSE SO DON'T EXPECT GOOD THING FROM TERRORIST BUHARI IF NOT HARDSHIP AND HUNGER.
Nigerians make una dey ready to pay for the recession and the change oo






















#sad indeed

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad zinalima said...

TERRORIST BUHARI CAME TO STEAL KILL AND DESTROYE. If he like make him increase am to 1million freeborn go buy am I AM ONLY HAPPY THAT ALL THE BASTARDS THAT SUPPORTED THE BRAIN DEAD MAN CANNOT AVOID IT. very soon Nigerians will pay for the scam recession watch an see. What kind of wicked heartless is this huh? We'll na fullani sha. NEXT YEAR WILL BE THUNDER GOD HAS VINDICATED JONATHAN@LAST APC IS CURSE SO THE ONES ROLLING NIGERIA IS CURSE SO DON'T EXPECT GOOD THING FROM TERRORIST BUHARI IF NOT HARDSHIP AND HUNGER.
Nigerians make una dey ready to pay for the recession and the change oo






















#sad indeed

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Good

kayode odusanya said...

Hmm! Interesting. Something good from these guys for once.


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Ohiren's Zone said...

Okay,so,they really want to implement the 9% tax on telecoms/cable tv.I got this same sms yesterday,it's definitely a painful experience that most people voted for this government.
Well,if they don't want us to subscribe for data anymore,so be it.MTN Nigeria,the worst network when it comes to data!.Rubbish!!!.

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Alex Onoja said...

The CBN governor and NCC are confused,so is the poor masses the will suffer for wat the elite has cause in this country,they should rethink

Ms. Nicey said...

While some countries have access to free wifi, we still battle over these issues.
This govt is bent on bringing more hardship upon Nigerians. You people will not know peace o. WTH!

AGB said...

Honestly, I give up on this country. It is one fucking shit-hole. The price if every single thing goes up with no added value? What the freaking fuck?

Smith Anele said...

Why are Nigerians complaining ? They clamored for CHANGE and got it. Why these complaints ..They should stop lamenting and enjoy the CHANGE...
Up Buhari,up Mr Tyrant .

christie benjamin said...

This is absurd! They'd better do something.

Iphie Abraham said...

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Marcel said...

NCC should not be allowed to get away with this. How can they think of punishing Nigerians further at this critical economic hardship. Whose interest are they pushing or is it just another way of making money for the fat cats at NCC. Senate pls do something for once.

Charles Akunwa said...

Mr Saraki pls save Nigerians especially the youths from further strangulation. Do NCC people and their Oga live in this country? Do they know the price of garri in the market? Do they want to deprive Nigerians the use of internet in this digital age?

Charles Akunwa

SMALL CHOPS EMPIRE 08031156936, 335B0156 said...

It will end up as DSTV. Our Senate likes making noise with no action.

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Anonymous said...

Thought I was the only one who got the message,thieves.

Anonymous said...

WATCH the fines roll in. I bet these are the kind of things NCC prays for. Lol. Calm down guys, those messages are gonna cost those operators Cos no increase was ordered by NCC as no one I've spoken to at the ministry has heard about this ( went there today for some work) and they were all saying they are almost sure fines will come. Who is telling the truth is left to be determined.

livingstone chibuike said...

deres nothin encouragin about dis stupid administration..

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God,i cant blieve we bought pmb crappy chant for change.what a change indeed

Anonymous said...

Is this part of the change we voted for?

valerie hope-edet said...

It's becos of MMM, since they cannot crash it, they want to make hard for people to use the internet

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