Eventually, it sure looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Senate on Wednesday had ordered the Nigerian
Communication Commission (NCC) to immediately halt its
planned hike in data tariff. The senate also mandated the
House Committee on Communication to carry out through
oversight on the process. The Senate further stressed that Nigerians be carried along in subsequent decisions.
Describing it as a height of irresponsibility, the Senate as also captured in the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s official Facebook account,stated the #CtteeCommunications are to investigate the allegations of failure of the service providers.
The message of the Senate President reads:
“…At a time when the cost of living has gone up for all Nigerians, due to inflation being at 18.3%, the NCC’s actions have implicitly mandated the service providers to increase their costs to maintain their profits. This is unacceptable.
I have seen the power of the internet — and how it serves to give a voice to the voiceless, and a platform for millions to air their views. This is why the Senate will continue to maintain that access to the internet remains affordable for all Nigerians.
On this note, the Senate has resolved to:
– Halt the new tariff proposal by the NCC;
– Mandate the Senate Committee on Communications to conduct thorough oversight on the process that brought it about; and
– Ensure that Nigerians are always carried along when such
processes are considered.”