Senate sides with NCC on data hike

The Nigerian Senate has approved a planned data hike by the Nigerian Communications Commission, weeks after halting it.

The Senate Committee on Communications, led by Senator Gilbert Nnaji, had paid a visit to the NCC headquarters in Abuja, where they met the commission’s executive vice chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta.

The committee had agreed with Danbatta, who said the data price floor was critical for the good of the telecoms industry.

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“We will like to commend President Buhari for putting a square peg in a square hole with the appointment of Professor Danbatta as the EVC of the NCC,” Senator Solomon Olamilekan said on behalf of the committee.

“Within the past one year, the agency has brought sanity into the telecom sector by promptly addressing all regulatory issues.

“Each time we invited the leadership of the agency to the National Assembly, they honoured our invitation and responded to our inquiries, particularly during the MTN issue, and of recent the data price floor.

“They have acted in national interests and Nigerians see NCC as being on their side” said the Senate through the Senate Committee on Communications.”