Lagos - Mr Sina Bilesanmi, President,
Association of Telephone and Cable TV and Internet Subscribers of Nigeria
(ATCIS) on Wednesday faulted the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on
upward review of cost of data.
Bilesanmi made the remark in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said the NCC ought to have consulted stakeholders before
giving approval for the take-off of the new price, considering the current
economic situation in the country.
Bilesanmi said that the price was on the high side, adding
that people with low income would no longer have the opportunity to subscribe
on their phone, considering the new price.
NAN reports that Prof Umar Dambatta, the Executive
Vice-Chairman of NCC on Monday in Abuja, said that subscribers of Global System
of Mobile Telecommunication across Nigeria would pay more for data with effect
from Dec. 1
“This idea of percentage increase at this period is on a
high side to subscribers when the country is currently experiencing recession.
“NCC should have called a meeting of the stakeholders and
deliberate on the new price before approving it for implementation.
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“I have called on one of the directors of NCC to give me an
idea of the new price so that we can go on a round table to address the issue,
’’ NAN quotes Bilesanmi as saying.
The president assured the public that the association would
contact the NCC and dialogue with the organisation to find solutions and reduce
the new price.
An Engineer, Mr Victor Oduolowu, said that the NCC had done
a very wrong thing by allowing network operators to increase the price of data
at this moment when the country was undergoing transition.
Oduolowu said that the new price would have negative effects
on youths, who were upcoming entrepreneurs using the internet to discover
innovations that could improve the country.
“The percentage increase has not been released but I can
assure you this idea has given operators the opportunity to generate more
income for themselves.
“We need to refuse this act totally because it will have
negative effects on youths who are using it to educate themselves,’’ NAN quotes
Oduolowu as saying.
A business man, Mr Nojeem Owolabi, condemned the approval of
the new data prices by the NCC.
Owolabi said, “It was a wrong decision at the wrong time; as
well as not considering the situation the country is currently facing.’’
He urged stakeholders to find solution to this situation
“before it gets out of hand’’.