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NCC Working To Reduce Data Prices, Stop Illegal Deductions – Minister 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), says it is working to implement the federal government’s directive on illegal data deductions and downward review of the cost of same in the country.

Uwa Suleiman, spokesperson to the Communication Minister, Isa Pantani, in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, said the assurances were contained in a letter the commission sent to the minister.

“This is sequel to the five day ultimatum issued to the commission by the minister on illegal data deductions,” she said.

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“The NCC explained in the letter, that it had issued a directive to all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on the attendant penalties associated with Automatic Renewal and Forceful Subscription to Data and Value Added Services.

“It listed the penalties as including considerable financial sanctions on the erring operator.”

According to Suleiman, the letter stated that, “In response to the directive of the minister, that the Commission reviewed the Nigerian Communications Act of 2003 on its rule-making powers and process.

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“The Commission is in the process of carrying out a study on the End-of-Session Notification for Data Services and depending on the outcome, may issue a direction in accordance with the Act.”

The NCC also notified Pantami of its regulation of the initial directive to include refunds to the consumer in established cases of unauthorised subscription.

The commission assured the minister that it has been working round the clock to enforce the government’s directives.

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“It appealed for an extension of the deadline, which expires on Nov. 8, to enable it properly re-strategise and fully implement long term solutions as directed, to the challenges,” she further said.

Suleiman stated that the minister has granted an extension, with the understanding that the commission will resolve the issues within the shortest time possible.

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