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APC govs want FG to increase cost of internet data to reduce Nigerians access to Social Media; 1.5gb may cost N3, 000

***Raise committee to tackle Fayose

Worried by the increased attacks on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government by Nigerians on Social Media, governors under the APC may have advised the Federal Government to consider various measures, including implementing the increase in cost of internet data that was proposed by the National Communication Commission (NCC) last year and restriction of access to some social media, especially WhatsApp.

Source privy to one of the meetings of the APC governors disclosed to WazobiaReporters that the governors are now worried at the rate Nigerians are bashing the party and the Buhari-led government on Social Media and they have resolved to “do something about it” before things get out of hands.

The Source disclosed that apart from moves to restrict access of Nigerians to the Social Media, the governors have also mandated that standing Social Media Team must be maintained by each of them and that the teams should work together.

Committee was also set up to tackle the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose’s persistent media attacks on President Buhari.

“It was based on this advice that the NCC stopped plans by telecommunications provider, Globacom to offer free data to its subscribers on Friday, August 11, 2017,” the source said.

Globacom had announced a “free data day” package for all its prepaid subscribers, whom it said would get free data for one whole day when they meet the voice and/or data usage threshold within seven days.

However, the commission in a letter jointly signed by its Commissioner for Stakeholder Management, Sunday Dare, and its Director, Consumer Affairs, Abdullahi Maikano, on behalf of the Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman, on Tuesday, explained that the promotion was not in line with what was approved by the regulator.

Despite the NCC letter of Tuesday, August 8, Glo still went ahead to give its customers free 200MB data of Friday, as promised.

It should be recalled that late last year, the NCC directed all telecom operators to increase data prices by as much as 300 percent.

Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NCC, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta had said the floor price for data services will translate to 90 kobo per megabyte for big operators, implying that a data plan of 1.5 gigabyte will cost the subscriber N3,000 as against N1,000.

The NCC had wanted the new price regime to kick off on December 1, 2016, but Nigerians kicked against it, making the federal government to put it on hold.



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