The House of Representatives has directed the Federal Ministry of Information to give a matching order to service providers, particularly Multi-choice DSTV to reverse the recent June first 2020 price hike and revert to the old one.
The Chairman house Adhoc committee to investigate pay as you go tarrif plan by service providers in Nigeria, Mr Unyime Idem, gave the directive when the Minister of information Alhaji Lai Muhammad appeared before the Committee.
Mr Idem said this became imperative in-view of the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy of Nigerians.
The Committee chairman also directed the ministry and the National broadcasting Commission NBC to come up with a robust strategy to break the monopoly of the service providers and open up the industry for larger participation, and encourage local content participation through content sharing.
According to him, breaking monopoly will create jobs, wealth, promote local content, boost the advert industry and ensure that Nigerian broadcast industry is at par world best practices.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammad, said the ministry has already come up with a new broadcasting code which prohibits exclusivity of sporting rights.
Alhaji Lai Muhammad explained that there are some amendments the ministry is working on, which they want to be affected on the current National broadcasting act to further open up the industry.
According to the minister, the ministry is intensifying efforts on digital switchover as that is what will make the pay as you go agitation possible by subscribers.