By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The National Assembly has accused telecommunications companies operating in Nigeria of robbing its citizens their hard earn money with poor services.
Speaking during a joined Budget Defence by the members of the National Assembly, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, APC Lagos Central vowed that the Committee will be inviting Nigeria Communication Commission-NCC and relevant service providers in Nigeria telecommunication Eco-System to a public hearing on the increasing rate of drop calls and unwholesome practices by telecommunication network operations in Nigeria.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu observed that despite the huge gain being recorded by the sector since inception, the industry is still blustered with mirage of operational technical deficiency, border in inadequate telecommunication infrastructure, multiple taxation, regulations and poor quality of services.
She said as custodian of the masses, the legislatures would not fold its arms to watch Nigerians suffer from the battle between banks and telecommunication companies.
According to her, the Committee is ready to work with the NCC and USSD, saying the Telecommunication sector has taken pride of place as an invaluable contribution to the nations GDP.
Responding, the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission-NCC, Alhaji Umar Dambata said the Commission is working to ensure that all the 774 local government in the country have a broadband.
Alhaji Dambata, who said they are monitoring the quality of services on monthly basis through their key performance indicator, promised that the Commission will ensure quality services are given to Nigerians.
The NCC Executive Vice Chairman however explained that the change of name to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is helping them to bringing in new initiatives.
“There is no USSD billing. There is no charge any longer. In fact, the minister said it has been cancel. No consumer is been charge on the USSD.
“We have plans in place to addressed unemployment. We are also playing our part in line with the president’s plans of bring out 100,000 Nigerians from poverty. We have been organizing training for the youth, we will continue to do it,” Dambata added.