Abuja - The Senate has directed its committee on communications to invite all relevant stakeholders to explain the reduction of the fine imposed on MTN for failing to deactivate 5,2 million unregistered subscribers on its network.
The record fine, imposed late last year, was reduced from N1,04 trillion to N780 billion.
Among those summoned to appear the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Communication Technology, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, Accountant General of the Federation, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Managing Director of MTN Nigeria and all other parties involved in all the negotiations.
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The development follows a motion of urgent public important raise by Senator Gilbert Nnaji representing Enugu East at the Senate.
Nnaji relied on order 42 and 52 said the fine was unilaterally reduced to
N780 billion by Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation without inputs of the Ministry Communication Technology and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
“This constitutes a flagrant breach of the regulation and an attempt to whittle down the authority of the commission,” Nnaji said.
He noted the Ministry Communication Technology and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) was excluded throughout the negotiation process which was championed by the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.
Senators have unanimously supported the call to summon the government officials and MTN executives.
Last week, MTN announced it had reached an agreement with government to pay the reduced fine over three years.
- CAJ News