The House of Representatives has described as outrageous the new price increase in subscription by Multichoice/DSTV, insists on Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO).
The Chairman, Ad Hoc committee investigating the non implementation of PAYGO, Tariff Rep. Unyime Idem stated this on Monday in Abuja. He said that given the current situation as occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, Multichoice/DSTV should suspend the increase in the monthly subscription.
He said MultiChoice, the owners of DSTV was not sensitive to the plight of Nigerians for increasing tariff of their various bouquets and anchoring that on VAT increment from five per cent to 7.5 per cent that most DSTV bouquet price tariff was more than 2.5 per cent increment, unlike many other companies, local and international that were providing palliative to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Acting Director-General of Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC), confirmed to the committee that PAYGO model was possible. as it had started in Nigeria with other providers, approved NBC agreed to by all stakeholders.
The chairman said the committee was committed to the full implementation of the PAYGO, Pa- Per View-and-Pay-Per-Watch model in Nigeria.
The Deputy Chairman of the committee, John Dyegh, said the House was in possession of document from the Minister of Information showing that the PAYG was possible.