Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Senate Debunks Recent Claims Of Data Support For Data Hike On Dailies

Vice chairman of the Committee on Communications Senator Solomon Adeola has debunked a recent claimed published in national daily that "Senate okays Data Price Hike."

In a press statement, Media Adviser to Senator Solomon Adeola, Chief Kayode Odunaro said "Our attention has been drawn to a publication with the misleading title “ Senate Okays Data Price Hike, says NCC Acted in national Interest” in a national daily insinuating that the Senate through its Committee on Communications sanctioned data price increase by telecommunications service providers during an oversight visit to the Nigerian Communication Commission.

"There is no iota of truth in the misleading title as the contrary is the case from what the Vice chairman of the Committee Senator Solomon Adeola said in his presentation during the briefing by NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umaru Dambatta.

"Senator Adeola while commending the NCC for its achievements in recent times stated that the action it took in suspending the proposed data hike following public outcry was in the national and peoples’ interest stressing that their prompt responses to Senate inquiries on the matter and other related issues and a promise to undertake further scientific study on the data hike issue was commendable.

"As can be seen from the body of the story no where did the senator ‘okays’ the regulatory agency recommended “price floor” which was the issue that gave rise to the proposed data price hike that has since been suspended."

Recall that the Senate, Wednesday November 30, 2016 ordered the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, to halt immediately, its planned hike in data tariff.