Government for The People or Government for The Government? – By Paul Olarewaju
As if the recession, hike in fuel price and all that money can buy, lack of Job opportunities,
underemployment, lack of basic amenities and infrastructure are not dealing enough with Nigerians.
Our ‘people-oriented government’ seem to be thinking of other ways to make things more difficult for
the common man who voted them into power.
According to reports, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on the orders of the Federal
Government has issued a directive to telecommunication companies to increase their mobile data tariffs
with effect from December 1, 2016.
What this means is that MTN, Airtel, Etisalat and Globacom will increase their data rates as from the
aforementioned date. A data plan of N1,000 for 1.5 Gigabytes will be increased to N3,000. Meaning
subscribers would pay N1,000 per 500 Megabytes.
Unconfirmed sources claim that the Federal Government took the decision having discovered that data
rates are very low-priced in Nigeria, compared to other countries. Others think the government might
have taken the decision because Nigerian subscribers have been kicking against the proposed nine per
cent Communication Tax bill which is currently in the National Assembly.
Whatever their reasons might be, the government should be thinking of selfless measures that will make
life better and easier for her people, instead of focusing on how to enrich itself at the expense the
masses in a period of recession.
If our rich is country is now broke, must the common man be the one paying for it? The truth is, the
common man didn’t get this country broke.
Also, propaganda aside, we all know that we are not all in this together!
It would be highly appreciated if the government is more considerate and selfless when making policies.
The government should be for the people, not for itself.
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