Telecoms reject Phone calls tax

Writer and Social entrepreneur.

I must say that some Nigerians even spend more on calls, airtime and data than they spend on the food they eat. A report was released by The Nation releasing figures of how much Nigerians spent on calls and data in the past year, and I must tell you that its not a small amount.

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This figure was made known publicly on Wednesday by Umar Danbatta at the launch of NCC Year of Consumer. According to him, Nigerian subscribers spent $5.6 billion in 2015 and $6.6 billion in 2016 which adds up to $12.2 billion (N3.66trn) in the space of two years.

“In 2015, Nigerian telecom consumers spent a whooping $5.6 billion on telecommunications services. And in 2016, they topped it up by another $1 billion to make it $6.6 billion.That is why today’s event is remarkable. More remarkable is that the year 2017 is dedicated to the Nigerian Telecom Consumers.”

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It wouldn’t be too surprising if statistics for 2017 are released next year and another 1 billion is added to the current figure to add it up to a little above $7 billion, and the trend would continue on and on.

It surely would come to a particular point of maximum stretch where there would not be any increase in the amount spent on these parameters. Not to also mention that the total amount spent is more than half of the 2017’s annual budget.

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Given the large, extremely high amount been spent on these, I think cheaper alternatives should be deduced for making calls and browsing. Also, the high amount can be largely attributed to the very high data price in Nigeria. This is in fact not too cool, especially to imagine that the Nigerian Comunications Commission is still contemplating on increasing the price of data.

But again, you might not want to blame them as these telecommunications companies have once clamored that instant messaging apps should be banned in Nigeria, saying that their presence limits their own profits. This surely would lead them to increase data price.