OrderPaperToday – The National Broadcast Commission (NBC) has defended the raise in tariffs and subscription by DSTv and other satellite television service providers.
Acting director-general of the NBC, Mr Armstrong Idachaba, told an ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives that on many occasions, the commission had done comparative price analysis with South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and other countries.
He said that, contrary to popular perception of high tarriff by service providers in the country, there was really no price difference based on exchange rates, adding that “sometimes it turns out that, what is charged in Nigeria is even much lower.”
The ad-hoc committee, which is headed by Mr. Unyime Idem (PDP, Akwa Ibom), held a meeting on Thursday with the management of NBC on Thursday in Abuja with a view to ensure that Nigerians are not short-changed in satellite TV services.
Recall that in March, 2020, the House of Representatives unanimously resolved to setup an ad-hoc committee to look into the non-implementation of pay-as-you go by service providers in Nigeria.
Mr. Unyime told the NBC team that Nigerians “have been crying on a daily basis that they are not satisfied with the services they are getting from the providers in terms of high charges, in terms of price hike and most importantly, considering what is obtainable in other countries of the world, that is pay-as-you-go offer that other countries are giving to their subscribers.”
Mr. Idachaba also explained that the NBC has been doing all in its power to break the prevalence of monopoly in the sector, noting that “we did licensing (but) no Nigerian company to offer the same services so that once there is competition, they will be able to drive down the price.
“Unfortunately not many of our companies have been able to do very well in that domain and why is it so, the reason basically is, the content they transmit is acquired in the international market.”