Don’t increase cost of data, TUC tells Nigerian government

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The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government not to increase the cost of data to avoid further pressure on mobile telephone users.

Bobooi Kaigama, the president of the congress, made the call in a statement in Lagos.

Mr. Kaigama said that the decision of government to jerk up the cost of data could increase insecurity, adding that “it is unacceptable.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that telecommunication companies have been sending out messages to clients that it will increase data rate on December1, in line with the Nigeria Communications Communication order.

Mr. Kaigama said that the increase in rate would further frustrate the people who were already burdened by high cost of goods and services.

“We feel worried about the move because data is one of the cheapest ways to empower the teaming youth.

“This move if allowed will make it unaffordable. This is insensitive on the part of the parties involved,” the TUC President said.

He further said that government should increase awareness for citizens’ participation in Information Communication Technology (ICT) rather than dampen their spirit to embrace the technology.

According to him, the decision if implemented will obstruct the drive to increase youth’s participation in ICT.

“What then will be the benefit of the policy to the self employed who depend on data for their businesses?

“Cheap internet data is a vehicle to economic development. It is very unfortunate and inhuman to come up with such idea at a period of recession,” he said.

Mr. Kaigama said that any call for increase in prices of goods and services at the moment was uncalled for.

He therefore urged the government to create policies that would encourage investment and stimulate growth and boost businesses instead.



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  • luku

    The FG is out to decrease internet penetration when all other countries are doing everything to deepen internet penetration and make it more affordable to people. When other nations of the world are moving from manual to digital and doing everything to encourage the use of ICT and internet among their citizenry,Nigerian government is doing the opposite. What a change we all voted for. The FG is simply against the common man and the nigerian masses,and they will surely reap whatever is sown now in 2019,the election year. Some people are already rueful of the change of government because of the hardship they had to go through because of inconsistent government policy and its implementation

  • soulchild

    What do you expect when Bubu is in analog mode. He doesn’t understand the implications of this ridiculous policy. In civilized countries there governments are encouraging free data services, but in my dear country our government is pushing us back to the stone age. Prehistoric mammals!!!!