Nigeria: MTN Nigeria Has Paid N165Bn Out Of N330Bn Fine To NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC) said MTN had paid the sum of 165 billion Naira out of the 330 billion Naira fine it was charged due to its inability to disconnect SIM cards that were not registered properly.

Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Prof. Umar, said this on Monday in Abuja when MTN Group, led by Dr Pascal Dozie, Chairman of MTN Nigeria, visited with the commission. It is to be recalled that in October 2015, NCC, the telecom regulatory body in Nigeria imposed a fine of N1.04 trillion on MTN Nigeria for failing to comply with the government’s rule on deactivating unregistered SIM Cards and defaulting in the disconnection of about 5.1 million improperly registered lines within the stipulated time.

The initial fine was then reduced to 330 billion Naira following several appeals, negotiations and diplomatic intervention by the government of South Africa.

MTN was reported to have made an initially payment commitment of 50 billion Naira to the government body while the balance of 280 billion Naira was to be made in six instalments following the agreements signed between NCC and the leading Telecommunications Company in Nigeria.

Danbatta said‘’ I am happy to notify you that NCC’s agreement with MTN on when and how to pay the fine is going on as planned. “In the past month, we received a cheque of 55 billion Naira from MTN which follows the agreed payment plan. Therefore, the total payment made by MTN Nigeria is now 165 billion Naira, which is more than half of the fine.

According to Danbatta, the fine aims to pass the message across that it is not business as usual and to make sure that the rules of engagement of the telecom industry are followed.

“Professor Danbatta promised of the commission's continued cooperation with the telecom company because of the significant contributions it has made to the digital and economic growth of the nation’s economy.

The Chairman of MTN Nigeria, Dr Paschal Dozie, disclosed that Nigeria was one of the most significant contributors to its market and the visit to the commission was to cement the relationship between MTN and NCC.

Dozie appealed to NCC to auction more spectrums to open up more opportunities the ICT sector and boost the country’s economy.

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