Government for The People or Government for The Government – By Paul Olarewaju

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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