Shortly after the introduction of the National ID card renewal fee and application fee, the USSD code which has been free is now to be paid for.

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This new payment plan is met with complaints amongst many Nigerians.

The use of unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) channels for banking services would attract new charges from October 21.

The USSD service which was introduced to ease access to banking services and formally charged per session (highest rate of N20) will now be charged N12 for every minute spent on the USSD channel.

Some mobile networks have also sent out notifications to customers informing them of the new USSD code charges.

“Please note that from Oct 21, we will charge N4 per 20 seconds for USSD access to banking services. Thank you,” a notification sent by MTN to customers read.

Nigerians have now taken to their social media pages to react to the new development. See some reactions below.

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