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NCC Nigeria Warns MNO’s:Stop auto-renewal of data or pay N5m fine

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has directed all service providers in the country to stop automatic or unwarranted renewal of data packages without the consent of the subscribers or risk N5million fine.

It said the warning became imperative in view of the mounting complaints from subscribers against the service providers for breaching the extant rules.

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, had on May 21, 2018 issued a directive to all network providers to desist from imposing any value added services on the subscribers without their express permission.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission read the riot act on Thursday during the first episode of NCC Consumer Conversation 2018, held in Karu, Nasarawa State.

The EVC, who was represented at the occasion by the Director of Northern operations, Mrs. Helen Obi, explained that the complaints received by the Commission had risen to an unacceptable level that NCC could no longer delay in issuing the directive against operators engaging in the unlawful act.

Besides the N5million fine that awaits violation of the law, he further explained that for everyday that the commission issues the sanction and the fine was not paid by the service provider, it will attract additional N500,000.

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‘‘The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on the 21 May, 2018 issued a directive to all network providers to desist from carrying out automatic or unwarranted renewal of data packages without their consent. We have also directed that no mobile service providers should impose their services to consumers. It is expected that they should obtain their consent.

‘‘There should be a written text by the network provider to the consumer requesting to know whether the consumer is interested in renewing the package, after that, the network provider must also repeat the process to ensure that the consumer understood the terms and conditions of the service and has given consent before automatic renewal.

“In a situation where the commission receives complaints from the consumer that he or she was short-changed, the Commission will take it up on behalf of the consumer because that will be a violation of directive.

‘‘The penalty for the violation will attract a N5 million for any service provider who defaults. And for everyday that the commission issues the sanction and the fine was not paid by the service provider, it will attract and additional 500, 000 (five hundred thousand.)’’

 

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Nigeria’s economy under threat owing to border closure.

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In a bid to scrap smuggling of goods and prompting Nigeria-made products, the Nigerian government closed the country’s border in recent months.

But, the reverse has been the case as inflation hikes affecting food prices.

This is the first time the government has acknowledged the negative effects of the border closure.

After a cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed told reporters that inflation had increased from 11.4% in September to 11.6% by the end of last month.

“The slight increase in this inflation between September and October is due to food inflation,” she said.

“The food inflation we are ascribing to prices of cereals, rice and fish. And part of the reason is the border closure.”

Nigeria government has admitted that they’ll opt their effort to make sure everything works out well for all party in concern.

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Nissan to recall over 40,000 cars due to malfunction of brake fluid leak

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Japanese automaker gaint Nissan says,  it’s recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of a braking system defect that could cause them to catch fire.

Users and Owners are advised to park affected vehicles outside and away from structures if the anti-lock brake system warning light comes on for more than 10 seconds.

The Japanese automaker says a pump seal may become worn down and cause brake fluid to leak. “If the warning is ignored … the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare instances, may lead to a fire,” the company says in documents sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects four different models in the U.S.: the Nissan Murano SUV, model years 2015 to 2018; Maxima sedans, model years 2016 to 2018; and the Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, model years 2017 to 2019.

Nissan says in a statement emailed to NPR that it is working on a fix and that owners of affected vehicles will be notified beginning in early December 2019. “Once the remedy is available, owners will receive a final notification letter asking them to bring their vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer or INFINITI retailer to have the remedy work completed at no cost for parts or labor,” the company says.

This isn’t the first time Nissan has had problems with brake fluid leaks. Last year, for example, Nissan recalled more than 215,000 vehicles. The automaker says vehicles in the 2018 recall that haven’t been repaired are included in the current recall.

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