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Govt, NCC Cannot Be swayed By MTN Newspaper Apology – Expert

Lagos, January 18: Government and the regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) cannot be swayed by MTN’s newspaper apology because the operator offended the law and not NCC.

According to an expert in the telecoms industry who chose to remain anonymous, MTN has taken the $5.2 billion fine issue too far by going to court. “The business decision was wrong, he said, adding that the operator was ill advised to go to court with the aim of obtaining decisions that may undermine industry rules.”

Over the weekend, MTN Nigeria said that it is willing to restore re­lationship with NCC no matter the current situation in the industry.  There was no relationship broken and non to be restored. The issue is that rules were undermined and the penalty is fine.”

However, when IT NEWS NIGERIA put a call through to NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, he did not respond. He also did not respond to a text message as regard the regulator’s reaction to MTN media public apology.

IT NEWS NIGERIA gathered that new MTN Nigeria, Chief Executive Officer, Ferdinand Moolman and Corporate Service Execu­tive, Aminat Oyagbola are quoted as saying that MTN was ready to restore relationship with NCC.

According to her, the approach to reconciliation is to correct any area where the firm had erred in the past.

Said she: “The approach is to take the steps lined up to move the industry forward, correct where we have erred in the past, ensure good business re­lationship with all stakeholders in the industry. It starts with show of good faith; speaking the truth. We want to restore and generate more goodwill”, she stated.

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The new CEO also added that the fine issue was very critical for MTN to resolve, disclosing that the fine is about 95 per cent of their total revenue for a year.

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