The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Ministry of Communications has directed MTN Communication Limited, to suspend the proposed charge of N4 per 20 seconds on USSD banking services to start from the 21st of October 2019.
Earlier today, the telecommunications giant, MTN sent messages out to its customers using the USSD Banking services, informing them of an impending charges to begin on 21 October 2019.
In a swift statement released today Sunday, the Ministry of communication denied knowledge of the proposed charge, and thus asked that it be suspended pending when it is availed of the details.
The statement from the Ministry read thus:
“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 statement further read.
“The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM 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.”