Many Nigerians have described the proposed hike of the cost of internet data by The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as insensitive.
Their message was crisp and clear, Nigerians will soon be forced to pay more for data by the Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
The new data price regime will be rolled out on December 1, 2016, they announced grimly.
“Under the new data price regime, the NCC has directed all telecom operators in the country to review their current data prices to align with the new price floor and implement same by the 1st of December 2016, while defaulters risk having sanctions imposed on them”, one CEO explained.
In letters addressed to all network operators, the NCC stated that it “decided to introduce the data price floor as a strategy to stabilize the industry, improve quality of service and to make sure that customers get value for their money”.
Over 97 million Nigerians now have access to the internet, according to 2015 data from the NCC. That’s more than half of the country’s population of 180 million people, hooked on the internet.
Nigeria’s internet users are spread across Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks.
Thanks to the proliferation of smartphones, more than half of Nigeria’s population now reads the news, skim through gossip blogs, hook up on social media and run business through the internet.
Effective December, all of those users will be hit hard in the pocket.
Given that the country’s economy is faltering under the weight of a biting recession; with inflation rising to 18% in the third quarter according to latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) it is little wonder that Nigerians have taken to the internet to express their displeasure with the impending data price increase.
“Maybe the real revolution will start when one government official will just wake up and decide that there should be tax on Jollof rice. Drivers license tax coming up…ATM tax National ID card tax. Tax everything in sight. Meanwhile, we don’t see what the money is doing o”, Rita Onwurah wrote on micro-blogging site, Twitter.
According to Ayo Sogunro: “Increase electricity tariff, toll roads, cut subsidy, tax bank deposits, tax passports, tax phone calls. We need to keep government well-fed, folks”.
Meanwhile, controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has come out to urge Nigerians to say ‘No To Data Hike’
Asher .O. wrote: “Companies are shrinking. Working environment is becoming more hostile day by day. But no! The government must make this harder. All the monies they claim to have recovered, what are they doing with it? Abi na Audio money?”
“We will soon start paying tax for breathing in Nigeria”, offered Saoud Al-Shuraim.
“We will soon pay tax for being alive in Nigeria. Probably in Buhari’s 2nd term”, wrote Biola Kazeem.
“The FG providing jobs (low paying) for 200,000 but, same govt is going to take all the income via taxes and tariffs!! You people are mad!”
Public commentator and sports analyst, Emmanuel Nwachukwu was livid: “You are increasing taxes, tariffs, service charges, demanding tax clearance from people who are unemployed or taking pay cuts to keep a job!
Culled from: pulse.ng