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Why Nigerian govt ordered immediate suspension of USSD

Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has stopped Telecom network operators from imposing a N4 charge charge on subscribers for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) access to banking services.

Spokesperson for the minister, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, said the minister the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) to suspend the charge. The charge according to the notice by network operators is expected to go into effect from Monday.

The CBN governor Godwin Emefiele has also opposed the charge, saying the banks should bear the cost. The Minister’s statement: “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.

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“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”.

Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has stopped Telecom network operators from imposing a N4 charge charge on subscribers for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) access to banking services.

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Spokesperson for the minister, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, said the minister the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) to suspend the charge. The charge according to the notice by network operators is expected to go into effect from Monday.

The CBN governor Godwin Emefiele has also opposed the charge, saying the banks should bear the cost. The Minister’s statement: “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”.

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