Senate condemns data price hike, asks NCC to stop policy immediately

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Photo credit: nigeriannetwork.blogspot.com

The Nigerian Senate has asked the Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC, to immediately halt the proposed Internet data tariff hike.

The new data tariff regime is billed to commence Thursday, December 1, after the NCC had communicated the telecommunications companies and asked the big operators, namely MTN, Glo, Etisalat and Airtel, to hike data price.

The proposal has seen Nigerians protest the hike on social media, expressing fears the government planned to limit citizens’ access to Internet.

But on Wednesday, the Senate, following a motion under matter of urgent importance by Bala N’ Allah, the Senate Deputy Leader, condemned the planned data tariff hike, and asked the NCC to halt the increase immediately.

The new policy, NCC said in its directive to the operators as exclusively reported by The Cable news media, is to allow the “small operators” acquire market share and operate profitably.


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  • share Idea

    It is only in Nigeria that everything is politicize. What is the essence of Senate dabbling into actions of a statutory agency

    • danladi

      as a consumer, were you consulted before the prices were directed by the regulator to hike the cost? We run to them for drop calls and unsolicited messages. Now they opt to direct price increase without consulting the consumers.

    • Epsilon_Delta

      What is the essence of government dabbling into private businesses? Asking them to punish consumers?

    • seun

      So they can “protect” the interest of the citizenry.

    • thusspokez

      What is the essence of Senate dabbling into actions of a statutory agency

      BECAUSE it is their duty.

      • share Idea

        They can discuss but not issue order for such bodies to stop their action even when they know that their resolution does not have force of law.

        They is what is called lobbying in advanced democracy. NASS could persuade the agency to halt the price increase and such agency will be the one issuing the order.

        NASS issuing the order and the statutory agency later carrying out the order makes a mockery of Nigerian institutions.

        • thusspokez

          Stop being ignorant; find the Nigerian constitution online and read the powers vested in them. Your opinion is irrelevant.

          • share Idea

            My handle reads “SHAREIDEA”…I expected you to enlighten us with relevant quotes from the constitution to backup your assertion. It is your type that agree with DSS action of raiding Judges houses in the name preventing national security breakdown instead of allowing appropriate agency(ies) like EFCC, Police or ICPC to handle such situation.

          • thusspokez

            …I expected you to enlighten us with relevant quotes from the constitution to backup your assertion.

            Which makes better sense? You going to read the constitution for your own enlightenment and more beside or me copying and pasting here, hundred of words from the constitution — Assuming I have don’t have better things to do with in my working hours.

            It is your type that agree with DSS action of raiding Judges houses in the name preventing national security breakdown instead of allowing appropriate agency(ies) like EFCC, Police or ICPC to handle such situation.

            Here is the deal: If you can provide one single evidence on this website to support your claim, I will donate $100.00 to a charity organisation chosen by PremiumTimes.

  • musa aliyu

    We’re finished. These clowns are just stage-managing the act. Soon the network providers will give them their cit and we’ll still be forced to pay.

  • Babrutus

    Never. The price must be increased. We spend too much time chatting anyway…

    • seun

      Babrutus. Who forced you to chat. You can go offline if you wish. Speak for yourself please abi who be “we?”

      • Babrutus

        Are “we” not chatting now? Lol…

    • thusspokez

      We spend too much time chatting anyway…

      This nincompoop thinks that the bill will only affect Internet chat forums — obviously not aware that most businesses use the Internet.

      • Babrutus

        In that case, let them leave internet-based business to internet companies. I still don’t see what their business is with the internet.

  • Babrutus

    In any case, the same Senate members went on to buy luxury cars despite the state of the economy. Abeg. Make other people sef chop…

    • thusspokez

      What has this stµpid comment got to do with the topic of discussion here?

      • Babrutus

        This price hike is one of the most topical issues being discussed in Nigeria today. Even you cannot dispute that…

  • thusspokez

    From a business perspective, information is to business what fuel is to cars. Whereas countries all across the world are trying to bring down their cost of information, e.g., to stimulate growth, Nigeria — a developing country and whose economy is currently in severe depression – is going the opposite way to increase it and add to business cost. There is something definitely wrong with the NCC.

    • Babrutus

      The question to ask Is, what is a business without perspective and what is perspective outside business?