Minister orders NCC to reduce data cost

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Isa Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami on Tuesday insisted that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) must work out modalities to reduce the price of data in the interest of Nigerians.

Pantami said his office had been inundated with complaints from concerned Nigerians about the high cost of data by telecoms companies.

The Minister mandated the management of the NCC led by its Board Chairman, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, during a courtesy visit, to partner with other stakeholders in the industry in the next five working days.

The Minister added: ” 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 use 20 percent of it and the entire data is wiped off.”

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