Reduce data tariffs, NCS advises operators

In order to support online learning of students during the period of lockdown and school closure across the country, the Nigeria Computer Society has called for a reduction in data tariff.
The umbrella body of all information technology practitioners and interest groups also advocated for the intervention of the Nigerian Communications Commission.
The society, in a statement on Thursday by its General Secretary, Mr Iyiola Ayoola, expressed worry that the lockdown as a result of the coronavirus would impact education at all levels.
Ayoola said the society was already encouraging the adoption of electronic learning and e-lessons to facilitate learning.
He said, “Another major concern now is the closure of primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, which could lead to unpalatable consequences on growth and development of the nation.”
He pointed out that a major challenge faced by many Nigerians was the affordability of large amount of data needed for formal and informal education online.
According to Iyiola, this problem has affected the expected deliverables of e-learning, online creativity and technological innovations.
“Consequently, Nigeria Computer Society wishes to encourage NCC to ensure that all telecommunication operators substantially reduce data tariff to support e-learning during the period of lockdown,” the general secretary said.
He added that data rate reduction would complement the efforts of governments at ensuring that citizens were fully engaged in their various homes.

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