If you are an MTN subscriber you must have gotten an SMS from the service provider stating charges will now be made for USSD transactions beginning October 21. MTN had intended to charge four Kobo for USSD transactions but the Minister of Communication has ordered the discontinuation of this charge.
The Honourable Minister of Communication, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami said he was not made aware of this decision by MTN. In a statement tweeted via the official handle of the ministry, @ngrcommtech, it stated:
“The attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications has been drawn to the viral text message allegedly sent by the Mobile Network Operator MTN Nigeria and other Mobile Operators notifying subscribers of a four Naira (N4:00) charge per 20 seconds on USSD access to banking services from the 21st of October 2019.
The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is unaware of this development and has hereby directed the sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission ensures the operator suspends such plans until the Honourable Minister is fully and properly briefed.
Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications
20th October 2019”
FG stopping this idea of USSD charges is a breath of fresh air for Nigerians amidst all the recent charges on POS and money transfers imposed on bank transactions.