Minister: Buhari will decide on MTN’s N1.04 trillion fine ‘in public interest’
Barrister Adebayo Shittu, the new Minister of Communications told Technology Times today that final decision on the N1.4 trillion fine imposed on MTN Nigeria will be taken by President Muhammadu Buhari at the appropriate time “in public interest.”
The Minister, who spoke with Technology Times this afternoon on the sidelines of the Alliance 4 Affordable Internet Nigeria Coalition conference underway in Lagos, reiterated government’s determination to ensure that final decision taken on the fines will be in the public interest.
“The issue is now before Mr President. He will take the necessary decision at the appropriate time. I think Nigerians will expect that Mr President would do the best to ensure that the public interest is guaranteed”, the Minister told Technology Times.
MTN Nigeria came under regulatory hammer when 5.2 million unregistered line were allegedly found on its network by enforcement team of the telecoms regulatory agency, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
[blockquote cite=”Barrister Adebayo Shittu, the new Minister of Communications “]“The good thing is that MTN did not contest the fact that they had violated the regulations and guidelines. They never contested it. They admitted they were at fault. They apologized for their role in the saga and they made a commitment that what happened will never happen again. And of course, they made a plea for review of the payment terms.”[/blockquote]