NCC restrategises to implement FG’s directive on data pricing

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The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) is restrategizing as it begins to resolve issues of illegal data deductions and review the cost of data downward following a directive from the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

The minister had issued a five day ultimatum to the telecom regulator to resolve the challenges with operators and end subscribers’ outcries.  

A statement released at today by the ministry said it has received the assurance of the commission that it was already working to resolve the problem.  

on the 5th of November 2019, to resolve the challenges of illegal data deductions and review the cost of data downward, the commission has risen up to the task and efforts are in top gear to carry out the Minister’s directives.

“In a letter from the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), received by the office of the Honourable Minister on the 8th of November 2019, the telecommunications regulator, intimated Dr Pantami of the strategies being taken to stem the tide of short changing subscribers by Mobile Network Operators(MNOs),” said the statement signed by Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman.

The NCC informed the minister that it had issued a directive to all MNOs on the attendant penalties associated with Automatic Renewal and Forceful Subscription to Data and Value Added Services. The penalties include considerable financial sanctions on the erring operator as part of an earlier strategy to tackle the challenges.

But the commission is going further and is in the process of carrying out a study on the End-of-Session Notification for Data Services and  depending on the outcome, may issue a direction in accordance with the Nigerian Communications Act of 2003 on its rule-making powers and process.

Furthermore, in a bid to protect consumers, the commission also notified the minister of their regulation of the initial directive to include refunds to the consumer in established cases of unauthorized subscription.

The NCC also assured Pantami that it has been working assiduously round the clock to enforce the federal government’s directives and has request the minister to extend the deadline which expires today, 8th November 2019, to enable it properly re-strategise and fully implement long term solutions as directed, to the challenges.

The commission request to extend the deadline was accepted by Pantami who further tasked the NCC to resolve the issues within the shortest time possible.

The  minister urged the public as stakeholders to continue to explore official frameworks to express their complaints even as he assured them of that the Buhari’s  administration will neither tolerate acts of injustice nor the shortchanging of  Nigerians. Government is working tirelessly to ensure that subscribers get full value for their money.

See the full statement below:

NIGERIA COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (NCC) RESTRATEGISES TO IMPLEMENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S DIRECTIVE

Following the five day ultimatum issued by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM to the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) on the 5th of November 2019, to resolve the challenges of illegal data deductions and review the cost of data downward, the commission has risen up to the task and efforts are in top gear to carry out the Minister’s directives.

In a letter from the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), received by the office of the Honourable Minister on the 8th of November 2019, the telecommunications regulator, intimated Dr Pantami of the strategies been taken to stem the tide of short changing subscribers by Mobile Network Operators.

In its earlier attempts to tackle the challenges, the Commission informed the Honourable Minister that it had issued a directive to all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on the attendant penalties associated with Automatic Renewal and Forceful Subscription to Data and Value Added Services. The penalties include considerable financial sanctions on the erring operator.

The letter stated that, in response to the directive of the Honourable Minister, the Commission reviewed  the Nigerian Communications Act of 2003 on its rule-making powers and process. The Commission is in the process of carrying out a study on the End-of-Session Notification for Data Services and  depending on the outcome, may issue a direction in accordance with the Act.

Furthermore, in a bid to protect consumers, the Commission also notified the Honourable Minister of their regulation of the initial directive to include refunds to the consumer in established cases of unauthorized subscription.

The Nigerian Communications Commission also assured the Honourable Minister that it has been working assiduously round the clock to enforce the Federal Government’s directives and has requested the good graces of the Minister to extend the deadline which expires today, 8th November 2019, to enable it properly re-strategise and fully implement long term solutions as directed, to the challenges.

Dr Pantami has graciously granted an extension with the understanding that the Commission will resolve these issues within the shortest time possible. The  Honourable Minister, hereby assures the general public that the current administration will neither tolerate acts of injustice nor the shortchanging of its citizens as it is working tirelessly to ensure that subscribers get full value for their money.

Signed

Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy

9th November, 2019.


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