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GOOD NEWS! Senate wades into data tariff increase saga


The Nigerian Senate has waded into the increase in data services by telecommunications companies in the country.

Senate President Bukola Saraki confirmed on Tuesday, November 29, that the upper house of legislature will step into the matter.

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Saraki has confirmed that the Senate will look into the matter

Saraki made the confirmation on his verified Twitter in reply to a plea by a follower that the House look into the matter.

In what also further confirms the Senate’s resolve to look into the matter, outspoken senator representing Kaduna central Shehu Sani slammed the increase on his social media accounts on Tuesday morning.

He noted that the increase was just about extorting Nigerians

“At a time telecom companies are still making billions in profits despite the recession,increasing tariff on data services is simply about extorting more from the people for data after paying more for electricity,” Shehu Sani wrote.

His submission was promptly retweeted by the official Senate Twitter handle almost immediately it was posted.

Recall that Nigeria’s telecommunication giant, MTN, has decided to increase the prices of internet subscription for consumers as mandated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

In a broadcast message to its subscribers, MTN declared: “Dear customer, please be informed that from 1st Dec, some MTN data tariffs will be increased to reflect the new rates set by the NCC to operators. Thank you.”

LatestNigeriaNews.Com.Ng gathered that the new rate beginning from December 1 could see MTN subscribers paying as much as N1000 for 500 megabytes instead of the about 1.5 gigabytes.

There could be changes for other telecom companies in the country in order to meet the reported proposition by Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank Governor, for a tax from mobile phone users in the country as part of efforts to meet the economic recession.

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