By CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA – Concerned by the failure of DSTv, a South African satellite television service provider to restrain from carrying out increment in their tariff, The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Thursday, threatened to clamp down on the company.
NANS said the company had not only shown disregard for the laws of the land, but had disregarded appeals to be fair in their billing systems.
Recently, a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos restrained Multi Choice Nigeria Limited, operators of the Digital Satellite Television, popularly known as DStv, from implementing its new rates and increase in tariffs payable by its subscribers across board.
The student’s body in a statement signed by its President, Com. Tijani Usman in Abuja insisted that students could not afford to sit down and watch as foreign companies continue to treat Nigerians as second class citizens in their land.
He said; “Multichoice has over the years treated Nigerian customers with much disdain. Unlike in other climes where Multichoice operates, Nigerians pay to watch local channels. Nigerians also pay exorbitant subscription charges compared to others despite poor services rendered.
“We have also observed that the company has been selling substandard decoders to Nigerian subscribers even, as it has refused to introduce the pay per view as it is obtainable elsewhere.
“These and many more are the evils being perpetrated against Nigeria by Multichoice. But what NANS will not condone is for the company to extend its rascality to brazenly disobeying the laws of the land.”
NANS therefore called on the relevant authorities to wade into the matter to ensure that such disregard for court order does not become a norm for other companies, failing which the association will be left with no option but to piquet Multichoice.
The students’ body also called on subscribers to begin a boycott of all Multichoice products including DSTv and GoTv.