NEWS N1.4trn fine: No dis­cus­sion yet with MTN, says NCC

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Zakariyya Adaramola & Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen

Con­trary to what MTN said on Monday, there was no talk be­tween the tele­coms op­er­a­tor and the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) over the N1.4tril­lion fine, Daily Trust learnt in Abuja yes­ter­day.

MTN was sanc­tioned by NCC for fail­ing to dis­con­nect 5.2mil­lion sub­scribers with un­reg­is­tered SIM cards on its net­work af­ter ex­pi­ra­tion of the Au­gust dead­line set by the reg­u­la­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to NCC, MTN would have to pay a penalty for keep­ing un­reg­is­tered sub­scribers on its net­work.

But a se­nior NCC of­fi­cial con­fided in Daily Trust yes­ter­day that the com­mis­sion was yet to en­ter into any talk or dis­cus­sion with MTN on the is­sue of fine.

The of­fi­cial who pleaded anonymity said the tele­com firm was eco­nom­i­cal with the truth for say­ing “we are in talks.”

The NCC’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic af­fairs, Mr Tony Ojobo nei­ther an­swered re­peated calls made to his line nor replied to text mes­sage sent to him yes­ter­day.

But when con­tacted an ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Li­censed Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Op­er­a­tors of Nige­ria (AL­TON) who pleaded anonymity said “A big le­gal tus­sle may be in the off­ing since the reg­u­la­tor has said it is not aware of any talk.”

But MTN’s Pub­lic Re­la­tions and Pro­to­col Man­ager, Funso Aina told Daily Trust yes­ter­day that the tele­coms op­er­a­tor was in talks with NCC and the mat­ter may be re­solved soon.

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