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Monday, October 21, 2019

FG Reacts To MTN's N4 USSD Charge, Gives New Order

MTN Nigeria has gotten a new directive from the Federal Government over its N4 USSD charge it proposed.

MTN Nigeria
MTN Nigeria
Following MTN Nigeria's message informing all its subscribers nationwide about new N4.00 per transaction for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) charge used for banking service, the Federal government through the Ministry of Communication has reacted.
In a press release, the federal government through the Ministry of Communication and the office of the Honourable Minister of Communication, Dr Isa Pantimi ordered the Nigeria Communications Commission to stop such arrangement with immediate effect.
PRESS STATEMENT
DISCONTINUATION OF ALLEGED USSD SERVICE CHARGE BY MTN NIGERIA
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.
Signed
Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications
20th October 2019
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