The House of Representatives has directed operatives of Multi-choice Nigeria to suspend the recent 15 percent increment on all their cable packages with effect from Monday this week.
The decision followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Chinedu Ogah at the plenary.
The House mandated its Committee on implementation of pay as you go tariff (PAYG) plan by broadcast service providers to probe into the issue and report back for further legislative action.
Mr Ogah while moving the motion expressed concern over the sudden increment of subscriptions knowing the challenges faced by Nigerians as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The lawmaker accused Multi-choice of chargjng exorbitant rates despite not rendering a “per as you go” services in line with global best practices.
Claiming that since the beginning of the pandemic Multichoice has not rendered any form of humanitarian assistance to the country, the lawmaker argued that the increase in tariff will subject people to more hardship.
Lynda Ikpeazu from Anambra State, made a fruitless effort to stall the motion arguing that Multi-Choice must not be compelled to reduce charges since it is a privately owned organisation operating under a free market economy.
The Speaker however said it behoves the House to intervene on behalf of Nigerians who have little or no choice but to patronise the company’s services for now.