The Federal government has announced
that the price of data has been reduced by
more than 50 percent.
The announcement which was made on
Thursday December 10, came after the
Nigerian Communications commission
(NCC) was directed to put in place measures to that effect. With the new directive, the price of data of 1GB has been reduced from 1000 naira to 487 naira beginning from last November.
Minister of Communications and digital
economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami’s Technical Assistant, Mr Femi Adeluyi
confirmed this in a statement issued in
Abuja on Thursday.
“The Honourable Minister has inaugurated a committee that developed the Nigerian
National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) on
the 16th of December, 2019.
“The Plan was unveiled and launched by
His Excellency, President Muhammadu
Buhari, GCFR, on the 19th of March, 2020.
“One of the goals of the plan is to reduce
the average cost of 1GB of data to maximum of N390 by 2025.
“With the January 2020 baseline of N1,000
per GB, the maximum projected steady
decrease for the end of each year was as
follows: 2020 (N925), 2021 (N850), 2022 (N775), 2023 (N700), 2024 (N545) and 2025 (N390).
“In line with Dr Pantami’s commitment to
under promise and over deliver, the measures have caused the current cost of data to reduce significantly beyond the
December 2020 projection of N925.
“Based on the Report by NCC, the average
cost of data as at November 2020 was N487.18, which amounts to 47.33% lower
than the projected value.
“The Report also indicates that the cost of
data in November 2020 was less than 50%
of the cost of data in January 2020.
“The Federal Ministry of Communications
and Digital Economy, through the NCC, will
continue to ensure that consumers enjoy
price regime that supports fairness and is
friendly to consumers.
“Policies are inplace to ensure that operators adopt competitive pricing that
eschews unjustifiable margins. The general
public may also wish to note that complaints about rapid data depletion are also being investigated.
“For more enquiries, the Honourable
Minister has directed NCC to respond to all
issues raised by our citizens and customers.
“All hands will remain on deck to achieve
the goals of the Broadband Plan as the
Ministry supervises its implementation in
line with our National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria”.