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FG orders MTN to suspend planned USSD charges on bank services

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has ordered the immediate reversal of proposed plan to charge customers who use the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) for banking services.

This is following a an SMS sent by aome communication networks to their customers on Sunday.

A simillar SMS sent by MTN Nigeria reads, “Please note that from Oct 21, we will charge N4 per 20 seconds for USSD access to banking services. Thank you.”

However, the minister of communication Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, denied knowledge of the development, hence, he ordered its suspension until his office is briefed.

“The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is unaware of this development and has hereby directed the sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ensures the operator suspends such plans until the Honourable Minister is fully and properly briefed,” Pantami’s spokesman Uwa Suleiman said in statement.