Nigerians will soon be able to subscribe to DSTV services on a pay-per-view basis – Legislator

it will also break the monopoly in the broadcasting sub-sector, creating more employment, bringing investors
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Idem Unyime, a lawmaker from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who represents the Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom State, has announced that the general public will soon be able to enjoy pay-as-you-go digital satellite television (DSTV) services after the Bill passed its second reading in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Unyime, the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Communication, gave the assurance while speaking with journalists at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Friday, emphasizing that the Bill would also grant the NBC the power to set prices for digital television in the country, as it is done in other parts of the world.

He expressed hope that the Bill will be passed into law as soon as possible to alleviate Nigerians' cable television frustrations, adding,
"it will also break the monopoly in the broadcasting sub-sector, creating more employment, bringing investors".

“We discovered that there was a lacuna in the Act that regulates the broadcasting industry in Nigeria and NBC, the regulator does not have powers to fix or determine price or tariff for these operators in the broadcasting industry.”

“Following this bottleneck, they had to resort to amending the Act that regulates NBC, so it could have full powers to call the digital television service providers to order when it comes to pricing policy in Nigeria,” he said.

The lawmaker from Akwa Ibom advised members of the public to wait as the Bill was about to be signed into law.