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Kaduna NGO Pleads With FG To Slash Telecoms And Paid TV Subscription Charges Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

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Carelink Resource Foundation CRF, based in Kaduna, has pleaded with the Federal Government to intervene in the digital telecommunications sector by compelling DSTV and other digital pay television and telecom companies to reduce their subscription charges to ease the suffering of Nigerians during the lockdown occasioned by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Kaduna on Tuesday, the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, Silas Ideva said the appeal became necessary following the current harsh economic condition faced by many households due to the lockdown of the country over the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.

Ideva explained that low income earners can no longer afford to pay the current subscription rates of digital television needed to keep them informed and entertained while obeying the stay-at-home order.

He emphasised that households were faced with hunger and starvation, while still paying huge amount of money to subscribe to digital television at this critical time. Also he pointed out that call rates of telecommunication service providers were equally high and needs to be slashed down in line with current economic realities.

He added: “The federal government should, therefore, intervene as part of measures to alleviate the suffering of the people, particularly low-income earners and those who live from hand-to-mouth.

“People need all the support they can get from government to survive this critical time.”

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