The Federal government of Nigeria has ordered the management of MultiChoice, to suspend the implementation of its new hiked tariffs on different platforms on its DSTV.
Armstrong Idachaba, the Acting Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC, had given the order on Tuesday. In the same vein, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, added that there is a plan from the government to break the Sporting rights monopoly of DSTV.
Idachaba and Lai Mohammed gave a speech at the National Assembly, while briefing members of an Ad Hoc Committee looking into the hike in tariffs. Idachaba said;
“I want to agree with the Committee and call on DSTV to suspend the hike in tariffs.”
Lai Mohammed had told the Committee earlier that he had already signed a code to break the monopoly of MultiChoice in Nigeria. In his words;
“Our amendments to the Broadcasting Act, will affect the break in the monopoly of MultiChoice. Amendments to Section 628 of the Broadcasting Act, is in our broad national interest.”