Minister of Communication orders suspension of new USSD service charge
Following the outcry of Nigerians to the introduction of USSD charge by telecom companies, the Federal Ministry of Communications has ordered the companies to suspend the service charge immediately.
The telcos had on Sunday, October 20, 2019 notified customers that they will be charged N4 per 20 seconds when they use USSD for banking services.
However, In a statement signed by Uwa Suleiman, the spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications, ‘the attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications has been drawn to the viral text message allegedly sent by the Mobile Network Operator MTN Nigeria and other Mobile Operators notifying subscribers of a four naira (N4:00) charge per 20 seconds on USSD access to banking services from the 21st of October 2019.
The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is unaware of this development and has hereby directed the sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ensures the operator suspends such plans until the Honourable Minister is fully and properly briefed.