OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has constituted an ad-hoc committee to interface with Muti-Choice Nigeria, owners of Digital Satellite Television (DSTV), and other service providers to implement a Pay-as-You-Go tariff plan.
The decision followed a motion raised by Mr. Unyime Idem (PDP, Akwa Ibom) on the need to call on Multi-Choice (DSTV) and other service providers to introduce the pay-per-view payment plan adopted by the House on Tuesday.
In a lead debate, Mr. Idem expressed worry that Nigeria constitutes 40% of DSTV’s global market share but that over 40% of the country’s citizens do not use a greater part of their paid monthly tariff due to engagements that take them from one location to the other on a daily basis.
He expressed regret that they cannot access the services upon expiration, whether or not they used up their previous subscriptions until they renew it for another month.
According to him, DSTV and other others operate a Pay-As-You-Go tariff plan in other countries but have chosen to exploit Nigerians through a fixed monthly plan, saying:
“The continuous exploitation by MultiChoice, owners of DSTV, constitutes economic
sabotage against Nigerians as most of them pay for services they do not consume while the Company, judging from their average monthly tariff of eight thousand naira, if multiplied by 11.9 million subscribers, makes about 100 billion naira monthly at the expense of its subscribers.”
Contributing to the debate, Mr. Aminu Suleiman (APC, Kano) said “it is not about whether one is well to do to pay for the monthly subscription, it is just that they are playing on the intelligence of Nigerians.”
The motion was adopted and a committee chaired by Mr. Unyime Idem and nine others serving as members was created to liaise with the company on the matter.
Recall that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act empowers the Commission to regulate the activities and operations of radio and television stations, as well as direct broadcast satellite service providers.
Notably, DSTV, one of the leading service providers in Nigeria, was launched in 1995 and has about 11.9 million subscribers, which is the largest market share in the industry.