Nigerian govt won’t allow Multichoice hike DSTV subscriptions, says CPC

The Nigerian Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has insisted it would not accept recent hike in subscription of DSTV packages by its operator, Multichoice. DSTV subscriptions

CPC, through its lawyer, dragged the company to court to stop the company from implementing the new price regime. The company wants its Premium package subscribers pay 7.5 per cent more (about N15,800) from N14,700 every month. Compact Plus customers have been asked to pay N10,650, from N9,900; while Compact bouquets goes up to N6,800, from N6,300. According to Multichoice, subscribers to Family package are not to pay N4,000 from its previous N3,800 while those on Access N2,000 from initial N1900. Addressing journalist, CPC’s lawyer, Babatunde Irukera said: “I came to file an application before the court seeking to appeal the decision to file a notice of appeal and also asking the court to stay proceeding, asking Multichoice to discontinue the new pricing regime. But, it was granted within short period of time “So, I come before the court today to argue the reason the motion, the reason that should perpetuate, while the investigation before the Council or the determination of the originating summon before the court concludes. “Most notable ground of the appeal is that Multichoice claimed that there is no statutory basis for the action of the Consumer Protection Council. They also believe that the court acted without full and frank information. They also believe that most important thing actually, they believe that the act is already concluded. They believe that since they’ve already increased the prices, that there is no way that the court can restrain something that is already done. “However, what Multichoice has done, instead of responding to that motion, what they’ve done is to seek an appeal of the previous order of the court and at the same time ask the court to stay proceeding while the appeal goes on; which takes a different position, of course.”

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