The National Association of Nigerian Students, South-West Zone, has kicked against new price hike for DStv and GOtv.
The union gave MultiChoice Nigeria a seven-day ultimatum to reverse its planned hike,the student association made this known in a statement on Wednesday signed by its Coordinator, Adejuwon Olatunji; Deputy Coordinator, Alao John, and Public Relations Officer, Opeoluwa Awoyinfa.
MultiChoice had announced an upward review of prices on its DSTV and GOTV packages by 17 per cent in text messages sent to its subscribers.
It stated that the new rates would take effect on May 1, 2023, while also noting that rising costs of business operations were the reason behind the increase. But opposing the subscription hike, NANS said the South African company was bringing hardship on, and extorting Nigerians, without considering their standard of living.
It also noted that tariffs should be charged on a ‘pay as you view’ basis.
“Today, we are aware that MultiChoice Digital Satellite has increased their tariffs without considering the standard of living of Nigerians. We have also waited for long to see if this same company will dance to the music of Nigerians who have been clamouring for pay as you view tariff but the reverse is the case.
“This is the time to call on the National Broadcasting Commission to go back to the commission act to regulate the ownership, activities and operations of Direct Broadcast Satellite Service Providers. DSTV is one of the leading direct-to-home service providers in Nigeria since its inception of operation far back in 1995 and has also made a lot of profit with over 25 million subscribers which is the largest market for its operations.
“We want the Federal Government to stampede their proposed plan in tariffs increment and also force them to implement the pay-as-you-view system. We are aware that DSTV operates a system of pay-as-you-go tariffs in other countries.”
Further adding, that Nigeria constitutes over 45 per cent of DSTV’s global market share, the student body called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the Minister of Communication to “break the sporting right of MultiChoice” and provide an alternative service provider in the country so that “Nigerians can stop being exploited on a daily basis.”
“We hereby give seven days ultimatum to MultiChoice Digital Satellite Television to reverse their plan of increasing their tariffs and also yield to the call of Nigerians and also implementing pay as you view tariffs or else we shall be left with no other option than to lock up all offices of DSTV until our demands are met which is the mind of all Nigerians.”