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Inundated by calls from Nigerians, minister orders NCC to reduce data rates

Isa Ali-Pantami

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been charged to work out modalities to reduce the cost of data in the interest of Nigerians.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, gave this charge at a meeting with industry stakeholders on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said his office had been inundated with complaints from concerned Nigerians about the high cost of data by telecommunication companies in the country.

The minister mandated the management of the NCC led by its Board Chairman, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye to resolve the issue with immediate effect.

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“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 in the industry.

“You load your data, but you barely used 20 percent of it and the entire data is wiped off,” the minister lamented.

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