Carelink Resource Foundation Urges the Government to Compel Telecommunication Companies to Reduce Charges
A Kaduna-based NGO, Carelink Resource Foundation, has called on the Federal Government to compel DSTV and other digital pay television and telecom companies to reduce their subscription charges.
The Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, Mr Silas Ideva, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday.
Ideva said that the call became necessary following the current harsh economic condition faced by many households due to the lock down of the country over Coronavirus (COVID-19).
He explained that low income earners can no longer afford to pay the current subscription rates of digital television needed to keep them informed and entertained while obeying the stay-at-home order. He noted that households were faced with hunger and starvation, while still paying huge amount of money to subscribe to digital television at this critical time.
Ideva commended the Federal and the Kaduna State Government for the commitment in cushioning the effects of the pandemic on citizens by providing some form of palliatives to the most vulnerable households.
He stressed the need for the federal and state government’s palliative to be inclusive, considering that the lock down has affected the earnings of most households, including wage earners whose savings have depleted.