October 20, 2017

Nigerian reps kick against MTN-NCC deal

Paul AdepojuJun 13, 20161min

Federal lawmakers in Nigeria have kicked against the landmark deal reached by MTN and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) regarding the fine slammed on the operator by the regulator.

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Communications, Saheed Fijabi, NCC’s sudden shift in position is a subject of concern, adding that the new agreement is unacceptable.

He said: “It came to us as a surprise to hear that MTN is paying NGN300 billion. How can they be paying that amount when the minister told us that everything was stalled pending the outcome of our investigation?”

He said the lawmakers are opposed to the reduction of the fine because there is no provision in the NCC’s Act that the fine can be reduced.

“In fact, Section 21 of the Act stipulates that even the CEO of a defaulting firm can be made to pay additional fine of over N200,000 on each of the lines,” Fijabi said.

“Ordinarily, MTN’s total fine should be doubled to about NGN3 trillion and not even the NGN1.4 trillion they were asked to pay.”

Paul Adepoju

Paul ADEPOJU is a Nigerian freelance journalist, managing editor, blogger and published writer (3 books already). He has vast experience working with various media organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He covers stories on various genres and for various audiences. He is the managing editor of HealthNewsNG.com which is Africa's leading health news website; he also manages IBPulse.com, a city blog that focuses on happenings in his home town of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. He has won several awards including Nigeria's Vanguard Newspaper's Young Nigerian Making The Difference award; a certificate of recognition from UNESCO and Goi Peace Institute in Japan; a finalist at the International Press Institute's Young Nigerian Journalist of the Year award; and was the only African finalist in the NetImpact/FedEx Global Access Essay Competition.

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