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In response to demands by Nigerians, the Federal government has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to work out modalities towards reducing the prices of data offered by the service providers.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, who  gave the directive, said his office had received complaints about the high cost of data by telecoms.

The Minister mandated the management of the NCC led by its Board Chairman, Sen. Olabiyi Durojaiye, to work out the modalities with other stakeholders in the industry in the next five working days.
The board had paid a visit to the minister.
” 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 used 20 percent of it and the entire data is wiped off,”  Pantami said.

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