FG suspends introduction of USSD charges by Mtn

The federal government has directed the
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
to immediately call on MTN to suspend its
plan to implement additional charges for
every financial transaction carried out by
bank customers, using the *737* code.
The Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa
Ibrahim Pantami, stated this in a
statement on Sunday.
Pantami, in the statement signed by
his spokesperson, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, said:
“The attention of the Federal Ministry of
Communications has been drawn to the viral
text message allegedly sent by the Mobile
Network Operator MTN Nigeria and other
Mobile Operators notifying subscribers of a
four naira (N4:00) charge per 20 seconds on
USSD access to banking services from the
21st of October 2019.
“The office of the Honourable Minister of
Communications Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim
Pantami, is unaware of this development
and has hereby directed the sector
regulator, the Nigerian Communications
Commission (NCC) ensures the operator
suspends such plans until the Honourable
Minister is fully and properly briefed.”