Nigerians Divided Over Senate’s Plan To Probe DSTV


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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday made known its intention to investigate allegations of negative trade practices levelled against Multichoice Nigeria, the owners of the Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) pay television service.

This followed a motion moved by Senator Isah Hamma Misau at the plenary, in which he brought to the attention of the Upper Chamber alleged unwholesome trade practices of the company occasioned by its dominance of the Nigerian satellite television market.

The senator hinged his grouse with the company on the claim that the company was involved in one legal tussle or the other with its subscribers, who were dissatisfied with the programming service and unreasonable subscription hikes across the various bouquets the company offers.

The senate directed its committees on information, trade and investment to conduct their investigations and report to it within four week, adding that the committees should summon the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Consumer Protection Council (CPC).

Also, the Senate said the committees must conduct a public hearing and involve the relevant stakeholders, with the aim of fostering a way forward.

However, many Nigerians have gone on social media to air their views on the matter.

While many felt the probe was in order, and should be directed at creating a better environment for competition in the digital satellite pay TV subsector, others felt it might be carrying the legislatures oversight function a bit too far.

Read their comments below…

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