12 October 2020 by Aisha Adesanya
The House of Representatives has reiterated its commitment to ensure the implementation of the Pay-As-You-Go payment tariff for Digital Television Broadcasting in the country.
The Chairman of the House Ad-hoc Committee investigating the non implementation of the tariff by Multi choice/DSTV, Mr Idem Unyime stated this at a meeting with the management of the company at the National Assembly.
The lawmaker explained 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, Multi choice, the owner of DSTV is not sensitive to the plight of Nigerians for increasing the tariff of the various bouquets and anchoring it on VAT increment from five percent to seven point five percent.
Responding to the concerns raised by the lawmakers, the Managing Director of Multi choice in Nigeria, Mr John Ugbe explained that the Pay as you go plan is not possible in broadcasting.
According to him, 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 discuss with the board members of the company and communicate to the House Committee their position on the matter.