No deal with MTN on fine, says ComTech minister

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria’s Communications Technology Minister, Barr Adebayo Shittu, has said in spite of all that has happened in respect of the neck-breaking fine imposed on MTN Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), no concrete deal has been sealed in respect of the matter.

The minister, who fielded questions from reporters at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, said no agreement had been reached with the telco that has over 62 million subscribers of the total almost 150 million phone users in the country.

The ComTech minister also told media that a memo had been presented to the Council requiring its approval of the Acts and Instruments amending the International Telecoms Radio Regulations.

He recalled that the World Radio Communication and International Telecommunications Union, (ITU), held its meeting December 2015, adding a significant milestone was recorded for the country as one of her citizens emerged chair of the body.

Shittu said, "At this meeting, the significant milestone was the fact that in all of the 150 years existence of the ITU, a Nigerian in person of Engr. Festus Dawudu a Director of a Spectrum in the Ministry emerged as the Chairman.

"It has never happened that an African would be Chairman of the 150-year old body and it was at that occasion that we had a Nigerian emerging as chairman.

"Again, consequently, the Nigerian delegation signed the treaty and also a declaration to say that Nigeria reserves the right to react to any other member country which tries to intrude into what rightly belongs to Nigeria by way of the frequencies allowed Nigerians."


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