The federal government has granted the request of the Nigeria Communications Commission NCC for an extension of the five days ultimatum issued it by the government to resolve issues of illegal data deduction in the country.

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, granted the extension with the understanding that the commission will resolve these issues within the shortest time possible.

The commission had asked for more time to enable it properly re-strategise and fully implement long term solutions as directed, to the challenges.

In a statement sent to Premium Times by the spokesperson to Pantami, Uwa Suleiman, on Saturday, said the appeal was contained in a letter sent by the Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Umar Danbatta, to Pantami.

Pantami had ordered the immediate stoppage of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data deductions by network providers in Nigeria.