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Nigerian Students Issue Warning To DSTV Over Tariff Hike Demands For ‘Per Per View’

Multi Choice Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) has been handed a strong warning to implement the “Pay As You View tariffs system” right away.

This comes as Nigerian students, acting under the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), have given the digital TV organization a seven-day deadline to implement the Pay As You View rates scheme or risk being forced to leave the nation.

Newsmen gathered that the student body in a statement issued on Wednesday by South West (Zone D) chapter, cautioned that if their warning was not adhered to, “we shall be left with no other option than to lock up all offices of DSTV until our demands are meant which is the mind of all Nigerians.”

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NANS, in the said statement which was jointly signed by the Coordinator, Adejuwon Emmanuel Olatunji, Deputy Coordinator, Alao John and Public Relations Officer, Opeoluwa Awoyinfa noted that “Today we are aware that Multi Choice Digital Satellite Television has increased their tariffs without considering the standard of living of Nigerians. We have also waited for long to see if this same company will dance to the music of Nigerians who has been clamouring for “Pay As You View Tariff” but reverse is the case.


“This is the time to call on National Broadcasting Commission to go back to the commission act to regulate the ownership, activities and operations of Direct Broadcast Satellite Service Providers.

“DSTV is one of the leading direct to home service providers in Nigeria since its inception of operation far back 1995 and has also made a lot of profit with over 25million subscribers which is the largest market for its operations.

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“We want the Federal Government to stampede their proposed plan in tariffs increment and also force them to implement the Pay As You View system. Its obvious that users are being placed on a fixed monthly tariff plan unlike what is obtainable outside Nigeria.”

We know that DSTV operates a system of PAY AS YOU GO pricing in other countries, but we opted to be unkind and have disdain for Nigerians, the student said. Nigeria makes up around 45% of the company’s market, yet it still decided not to run pay as you view.

“As the Leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students in Southwest; we see this to be unfair and sardonic and also an act to keeps exploiting Nigerians.”

NANS therefore urged the Nigerian government to quickly begin enacting a law to compel Multi Choice and others to introduce “Pay As You View billing system” which, in their opinion, will benefit Nigerians who are already tired of the country’s current economic suffering.


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“We hereby give 7days ultimatum to Multi Choice Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) to reverse their plan of increasing their tariffs and also yield to the call of Nigerians and also implementing pay as you view tariffs or else we shall be left with no other option than to lock up all offices of DSTV until our demands are meant which is the mind of all Nigerians,” the students added.



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