The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) is to resolve issues of illegal data deduction and data pricing in five working days. This came after the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami gave the Telecom Regulatory Body five working days ultimatum to do so.
Dr Pantami gave the directive during the oath-taking ceremony of Barrister Adeleke Morounfolu Adewolu, the new Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management (ECSM) on Tuesday at the Ministry in Abuja. While urging Barr. Adewolu to support the efforts of the management and board of NCC for the benefit of Nigerians and in line with the vision of President Mohammadu Buhari.
The Minister noted that the mandate of the Ministry had expanded towards improving the economy of the country through ICT hence, there was a need to work together for the progress of Nigeria.
Pantami pointed out that there were numerous complaints from Nigerians regarding illegal data deduction and the high price of data, adding that he had personally experienced illegal data deduction.
Pantami stated that government is aware of the challenges the mobile network operators (MNOs) experience in their businesses such as vandalism, Right of Way (RoW) and multiple taxations.
Meanwhile, the Minister commended the efforts of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in curbing cases of invalid registered and preregistered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country.
The NCC team comprising of the Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta and other members of the Board and Management(NCC), was led to the swearing-in ceremony by the Chairman of NCC Board of Commissioners, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye.