PAY-AS-YOU-GO: Reps Again Summons DSTV Over Increment Of Tariffs

The House of Representatives has, again, summoned the management of DSTV over increment of the cable television’s subscription tariffs on June first.

The House Ad Hoc Committee Investigating the Non-Implementation of ‘Pay As You Go’ Tariff by Satellite Broadcast Service Providers issued the summons, asking DSTV, owned by South Africa-based Multichoice, to appear before it next Tuesday.

At its investigative hearing at Abuja, the committee gave StarTimes two weeks to review its subscription fees to reflect the current new seven point five per cent Value Added Tax. StarTimes, which is domiciled with the Federal Government owned Nigerian Television Authority, had increased its subscription rates by thirty per cent, claiming VAT increment and increase in number of channels provided.

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The committee, however, faulted the claim.
Chairman of the committee, Mr. Uyime Idem, said the directive was to allow Startimes to have a tariff that reflect the current economic realities, including the VAT and exchange rate.

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