FG orders data cost slice


The Federal government has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to work out modalities with other stakeholders to reduce the price of data in the interest of Nigerians.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami gave the directive on Tuesday when the NCC led by its Board Chairman, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, paid him a courtesy visit.

Pantami while charging his guests, said the order became necessary following incessant complaints about the high cost of data by telecoms.

The Minister said, “I am urging the management of NCC to work towards reducing the price of data in Nigeria. It is too costly and people are complaining every day.

“If you go to other countries, even countries that are not as largely populated as Nigeria, data prices are not this high.

“I am also a victim of some of the infractions that are so common in the industry. You load your data, but you barely used 20 percent of it and the entire data is wiped off.”

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