By Udo Ibuot
THE National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers, NATCOMS, has asked the Federal Government to order a downward reduction of the price cap of telephone tariffs in the country.
The association said this was necessary as the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, had operated the price cap for nine years without any downward review.
National President of NATCOMS, Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, said in a statement in Lagos that the recent announcement that the NCC was considering the reduction of the price cap was coming too late, stressing that Nigerian subscribers had been short changed by the deliberate delay by the commission.
Ogunbanjo said the Minister of Information and Communication, Prof. Dora Akunyili, wanted lower tariffs for Nigerian subscribers but noted that this did not go down well with muscle-flexing, hesitant and reluctant NCC.
Noting that the European Commission had issued a directive to cut termination rates and thereby reflect the actual cost of completing calls, Ogunbanjo said the NCC had failed to act as Nigeriaâ€™s impartial arbiter as it was always supporting the operators in its regulatory activities.