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Pantami Gives NCC 5-day Ultimatum To Resolve Expensive Internet Data Cost By Telcos

Valentine Chinyem

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Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, has directed the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to resolve issues of illegal data deduction and reduce the price of data within five days.

The minister gave the ultimatum in Abuja, during the oath-taking ceremony of Adeleke Adewolu, the new executive commissioner.

According to him, there are too many cases regarding illegal data deduction and the exorbitant prices of data in Nigeria.

He pointed out that, government is very much aware of the challenges the mobile network operators (MNOs) experience in their businesses such as vandalism and issues of right of way (ROW).

Adding that, “the way we pursue the mobile operators to do what is right, we should also work together to protect their interest and resolve the challenges operators face.

“I commented last time on the issue over illegal data deduction. This is not the issues that are worrying me but trying to defend the operators on one hand and the commission on the other hand.

“Please go sit down review that issue. It is very important. And I want to get feedback of that report in the next five working days because the complaints from Nigerians is beyond what I can handle as at today.

“People are complaining and it happened to me; I recharged my phone, my data line used it and I believed that what I used was not up to 20 per cent of what I purchased. So that is an issue that is very important to deal with.”

More so, he said the primary focus of the NCC was to protect the interest of customers and the ministry’s priority was to protect Nigerians.

He added that since the ministry’s role has been expanded towards improving the economy of the country through ICT, there is need for them to work together for the progress of Nigeria.