Following the high data subscriptions placed on subscribers by service providers, Nigerian Communications Minister, Dr Isa Ali-Pantami has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission to compel telcos to reduce the prices of their data packages. In addition to this directive, he asked the NCC to put an end to frequent data depletion experienced by subscribers.
The Details: The development was disclosed by the Personal Assistant to the Minister on New Media, Yusuf Abubakar, after Pantami received a progress report on the implementation of Short-Term Performance Targets set for the NCC.
Recall that this is not the first time the Minister would be giving a stern directive on issues regarding the performances of telcos. In August, he ordered the NCC to investigate the complaints of illegal data deduction by telcos and promised to sanction culpable parties responsible for this trend.
“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,” parts of a statement signed by Abubakar read.
Why this matters: Pantami issued the directive to ensure Nigeria is moving progressively in the communications industry in line with the transformation agenda for Nigeria in the areas of job creation, economic growth and transparency of governance.