Compel Telecom Companies to Slash Data Prices, Minister Directs NCC

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The Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission to mandate telecommunications service providers to slash the prices of data being offered subscribers.

This was disclosed in a statement released by the Personal Assistant to the Minister on New Media, Yusuf Abubakar, on Sunday.

According to the statement, the Minister gave the directives after he received a progress report on the implementation of Short-Term Performance Targets set for the NCC.

Pantami also directed NCC to end ‘illegal’ deduction of subscribers’ data by the telcos.

According to the statement, Pantami expressed worry that Nigerians are paying too much for data.

“According to the report from a UK-based price comparison website – Cable, Nigeria is not among the top 10 African countries with low average price of data, a position the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, finds worrisome considering the fact that the country has over 174 million internet users made public by the Nigerian Communications Commission.

“The minister also finds it unacceptable that with the prevailing high cost of data in Nigeria, the citizens still do not enjoy value for money as subscribers battle daily with illegal deduction of data, poor quality of service, among others.

“It is against this backdrop that the minister directed the NCC, the telecom regulators, to immediately work hand in hand with the telecom operators and ensure a downward review of the price of data in Nigeria, improved quality of service provided and check the illegal deduction of subscribers’ data,” the satement read in part.