Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, has urged the South African company, Multichoice, owners of DStv GOtv and also owners of Startimes to extend subscription to all existing Nigerian subscribers to at least one month.
This, he said, should be their contributions to ease the pains of Nigerians, especially workers, during the time of lockdown in the country.
He also urged all the telecommunication companies to consider giving Nigerians some token airtime and data not only to ease their pain of staying home, but also to ensure communication is guaranteed in cases of emergencies.
You’ll recall that yesterday, Nigerians bombarded MTN, Airtel and Glo social media handle, urging them to cut the cost of data to ease information access during this lock down which none of the telcos have yet responded to.
Keyamo made the suggestions on Monday night in his twitter handle @fkeyamo, where he also said all these measures, if done, will make Nigerians have stress-free lockdown period.
According to Keyamo, “As one of the Ministers entrusted with the welfare of Nigerian workers, I politely urge @DStvNg, @StarTimes_Ng to extend all EXISTING subscriptions by at least one month, free-of-charge, as their own contribution to ease the pains of Nigerian workers at this time of lockdown.
2. I would also urge @MTNNG @9mobileng @AirtelNigeria @GloWorld to consider giving Nigerians some token airtime & data to ease their pains & to ensure that communication with individuals & authorities is ensured in cases of emergencies, especially when toll-free numbers are busy
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) March 30, 2020
“I would also urge @MTNNG, @9mobileng, @AirtelNigeria, @GloWorld to consider giving Nigerians some token airtime and data to ease their pains and to ensure that communication with individuals and authorities is ensured in cases of emergencies, especially when toll-free numbers are busy.”
I don’t know what is difficult in cutting the cost of data or extending the subscription for atleast a specific period of time during this lock down…