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Etisalat Nigeria Reacts, Says EMTS Has Valid Subsisting Agreement With Etisalat Group

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Etisalat Nigeria has announced Monday that Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd. (EMTS) has a valid and subsisting agreement with the Etisalat Group, which entitles it to use the Etisalat brand, notwithstanding the recent changes within the company.

A statement Signed by Ibrahim Dikko, Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs at Etisalat Nigeria added that EMTS trading as Etisalat Nigeria is aware of recent news reports regarding Etisalat Group’s withdrawal of the right to the continued use of the Etisalat brand in Nigeria by EMTS.

According to him, “discussions are ongoing between EMTS and Etisalat Group pertaining to the continued use of the brand, and EMTS will issue a formal statement once discussions are concluded. The final outcome on the use of the brand in no way affects the operations of the business as our full range of services remain available to our customers.”

The company also said Nigeria remains the soul of the business, adding that “EMTS launched in Nigeria in 2008 with “0809ja” to affirm the “Nigerianness” of our origin and sphere of influence. In our 9 years of operation, we have remained a prime driver and avid supporter of the Nigerian spirit of excellence, and we will continue to stay true to our “Naijacentric identity”. This notion is strongly reflected in our core messages and depicted in major projects and initiatives which we have been known to support. All these initiatives have their foundation embedded in supporting key aspects of the Nigerian fabric: building Nigerian businesses and empowering Nigerian’s with a focus on the youth.”

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Nigeria remains the soul of EMTS’ business and we have made the brand alluring to our teeming subscribers who see a piece of the spirit and character of Nigeria in everything we do. EMTS is here to stay and we wish to assure our esteemed customers that our core values of youthfulness, customer-centricity and innovation will remain the pillars on which we operate. We thank our esteemed customers for their abiding faith in us.

ABU Dhabi’s Etisalat told Reuters earlier that it has terminated its management agreement with its Nigerian arm and given the business time to phase out the brand in Nigeria. All UAE shareholders of Etisalat Nigeria have exited the company and have left the board and management, according to Hatem Dowidar of Etisalat International.

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