Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy, says the administration has significantly reduced the average cost of data by 50%.
Pantami disclosed this in a statement released and signed by his Technical Assistant (Information Technology), Dr Femi Adeluyi, on Thursday, in Abuja.
He noted that measures have been put in place to significantly reduce the average cost of data so as to ensure affordable data for the citizenry.
He explained that average cost of 1GB of data has reduced from the January 2020 cost of N1,000 to N487.18 in November, 2020.
This, he said was based on a Report by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) submitted to him following the implementation of the directives.
The Minister had inaugurated a Committee that developed the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) on the 16th of December, 2019.
The Plan was unveiled and launched by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, on the 19th of March, 2020.
One of the goals of the Plan is to reduce the average cost of 1GB of data to a maximum of N390 by 2025.
According to him,“With the January 2020 baseline of N1,000 per GB, the maximum projected steady decrease for the end of each year was as follows: 2020 (N925), 2021 (N850), 2022 (N775), 2023 (N700), 2024 (N545) and 2025 (N390).
“In line with Dr Pantami’s commitment to under promise and over deliver, the measures have caused the current cost of data to reduce significantly beyond the December 2020 projection of N925.
“Based the Report by NCC, the average cost of data as at November 2020 was N487.18, which amounts to 47.33% lower than the projected value”.
The Report also indicates that the cost of data in November 2020 was less than 50% of the cost of data in January 2020.
“The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, through the NCC, will continue to ensure that consumers enjoy a price regime that supports fairness and is friendly to consumers, he added.
He revealed that Policies are in place to ensure that operators adopt competitive pricing that eschews unjustifiable margins.
While assuring the general public that complaints about rapid data depletion are also being investigated.
The Minister however directed NCC to respond to all issues raised by our citizens and customers.
“All hands will remain on deck to achieve the goals of the Broadband Plan as the Ministry supervises its implementation in line with our National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria”.