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DSTV: Reps vow to implement Pay-As-You-Go tariff

The House of Representatives says there is no going back on the implementation of the Pay-As-You-Go payment tariff for Digital Television Broadcasting in the country.

The Chairman House Ad-hoc Committee for the investigation of the non-implementation of the tariff by Multichoice/DSTV, Mr Idem Unyime stated this during a meeting with the management of the company at the national assembly.

Mr Unyime stated that this was as a result of the Clarion call by Nigerians within the industry for a change in the price regime of all digital service providers from the present one bundle system to pay as you go tariff system.

According to him, Multichoice, the owner of DSTV is not sensitive to the plight of Nigerians for increasing the tariff of their various bouquets and anchoring that on VAT increment from five per cent to seven point five per cent.

The managing director of Multichoice in Nigeria, Mr John Ugbe stated that the Pay as you go plan is not possible in broadcasting.

He said the hike in their tariff was in response to the new finance bill as well as increase in the price of fuel.

At the end of the meeting, the house directed the managing director to go and discuss with the board members of the company and communicate their position to the house.

Ibrahim Shehu

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