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NCC Prescribes Increased Data Tariffs for Telecoms Operators from December 1

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nccEarlier today, customers received messages from their service providers on a planned increase in price of data tariffs as prescribed by the Nigerian Communications Commisision (NCC).

One of them read: “Dear customer, please be informed that from 1st Dec, some data tariffs will be increased to reflect the new rates set by the NCC to operators. Thank you.”

Following the development, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) called on the Federal Government not to increase the cost of data to  avoid further pressure on mobile telephone users.

Bobboi Kaigama, the President of the congress made the call in a statement in Lagos.

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

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.

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.

Some ICT stakeholders have expressed mixed reaction to the proposed increase.

Olusola Teniola, the President, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) said that with the increase, other telecom companies would jerk up their prices, which would adversely affect subscribers.

He said that operators would also increase the cost of megabytes, which consumers could not afford at this time of economic recession.

“So what we are saying at ATCON is that no taxes should be applied in this industry and if there any taxes, it should also include other sectors. Already, the cost of data will go up in December and subscribers will not be getting as much data as they paid for,’’ he said.

Edwin Okolo, a computer scientist said that the increase in the cost of data “is uncalled for’’, adding that there should be other avenues for government to make money.

“What we are saying is that we want every Nigerian to be linked with the internet and you are planning to increase the cost of data, so it is no longer for the poor,’’ he said.

However, Adede Williams, the National President of Telecommunications Professionals of Nigeria sought the understanding of subscribers in the proposed increase.

Williams said that some stakeholders in the telecom sector were soliciting the understanding of the subscribers in the increase.

“We the stakeholders are appealing to the subscriber to have a little understanding for to have effective service delivery. If you check out the tariff, it is just a slight difference from what we use to have, so that is the true position of things now. Some of the subscribers have been informed before now of the tariff increase. I know it is not easy but it is just because of the trend of what is happening in the country,’’ he said.

16 Comments

  1. A Real Nigerian

    November 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Hahahahahahah!
    Look at the Nigeria!
    Lord!

    • Ekene

      November 29, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      Fuel price increased. Deposit tax introduced , ATM charges reintroduced, and many double double hardships. Now this !!!!.

      Woe betide any one that voted for Buhari

  2. Darius

    November 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Whoever voted for Buhari is on the wrong side of history. The man is just bad luck. We are suffering untold hardship and he doesn’t seem to care.

  3. Nene

    November 29, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Nigeria o! Please when are we marching? I want to be among the protesters. Bad news everyday. Economists in the house please explain how this helps the average Nigerian. Government is making money from us because they’ve stolen everything we had. They probably increased tax on telecoms, and in return we will pay for it.

  4. BlueEyed

    November 29, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Which way Nigeria?? When Internet is one of the cheapest commodities in other places in the world, your own president is making it more difficult to use, the dictator has noticed how Nigerian youths are complaining on Twitter so he decided to shut Y’al up. Our change singers, 2016 is almost gone, please what clear development did your president bring? Hang on Nigerians, there is enough “I told you so’s ” to go round….

  5. nnenne

    November 29, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    My question is :
    When are we going to start taxing the RICH? Tax them as they earn?
    Legislators are over paid. Reduce their pay and allowances, at least for now!
    We need to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor! !

  6. Ada Ada

    November 29, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Please we need to ride up and protest. It’s getting too much. See how the Americans are so fierce for their rights. It’s a thing of pride. Sadly we care too much for our lives. We need to rise up and stage a peaceful protest. If not things will never get better

  7. tunmi

    November 29, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    This is really lazy reporting. All I see is an increase from what to what? Where are the numbers?

  8. Art

    November 29, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    For those of you that voted in chanji, please relish this chanji while it last. The hardship in the country does not know religion, ethnicity or political affiliation.

  9. Marlvina

    November 29, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    So what’s the purpose for the increase? Do you just wake up one morning to increase tariff rates without clear explanations for doing so?

  10. Eii

    November 30, 2016 at 8:55 am

    This increase is completely unjustifiable. The Nigerian government does not own any infrastructure within the telecoms industry and NCC as its watchdog is sleeping and snoring. Nigerians need to urgently call for this increament to be reversed,a huge shame to the CBN Gov and this government for the untold hardship metted to the ordinary nigerian.

  11. Ms_Oyinkansola

    November 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

    This is so bad o! with all the hardships we are going through now this. its not fair. I regret voting for Buhari. making our already hard lives harder. its just not fair oo.

  12. Cookie

    November 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I’m just speechless and saddened by this.

  13. gbaskelebo

    November 30, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    BellaNaija thank for finally putting up a post on this issue, because it has no element of gossip or relationship related in it we wont see any comment! All I want to know is the time for the protest! from the beginning of this year to the end it has been one increase or another making life difficult and unbearable for the average nigerian. The business environment is under serious threat with businesses closing and fleeing in droves. whatever happened to NCC that they decided to stand reason on its head? “omo… i dey provoke unto NCC presently, make dem just park well !”

    • gbaskelebo

      November 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      *thanks

  14. Benny

    December 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I am most outraged by the statement of the National President of Telecoms Professionals. I’m sure he has the big mansions and caravan of cars, and increase in data rates will not pull a hair off him. It’s the reason he could open that mouth of his and utter nauseous rubbish. Is increase in data rates the next thing for the fed government? I can’t wait for 2019. That man’s statement just confirmed my assertion that many so-called professionals ought to kept in a lunatic asylum. Adede should not dare repeat that while on a Nigerian campus if his life is still of value to him. Professional my foot! Rubbish!

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