Telecommunication companies have declared the directive by the federal government to reduce data costs within five days has been declared “Insensitive and unrealistic” .
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa pantani, had delivered the directive on Tuesday, 5th of November, 2019.
Reacting to the directive, the Chairman. Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) Gbenga Adebayo, said that the Federal Government’s directive was “dictatorial and is capable of scaring investors away from the country.”
“I don’t know how the government is going to achieve that (data reduction) in five days. Have they put into consideration the high cost of operating our businesses and the very harsh operating environment we are in? Why are they trying to muzzle the NCC and stampede it into doing what is unrealistic? Do they know that operators don’t just sit down and fix tariffs.
They, with NCC, rely on so many things before coming up with tariffs. We do not know under what circumstances the directive was given, and to be honest with you, we don’t know how that is going to be achieved. We have said it several times that when policies interfere with commercial matters, the industry will be jeopardised. Government needs to be careful not to whittle down the powers of the regulator.
To arrive at prices NCC normally conducts survey and research, and after all that, it will benchmark the country’s tariffs based on what is obtained in other jurisdictions,” he added.