Abuja - The House of Representatives has said that telecommunications firm, MTN Nigeria must pay the N1.04 trillion fine slammed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The House also expressed unhappiness over the role played by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, in the negotiations leading to a reduction in the $5.2billion fine.
Its Committee on Telecommunications said at a meeting with the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, and top officials of NCC in Abuja that Malami usurped the powers of the NCC.
Also read: Government insists MTN must pay fine
The development came as the House ordered an investigation into the alleged non-remittance of levies and surcharges by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, totalling $10bn.
The Chairman of the committee, Sajeed Fijabi, noted that the NCC, being the government approved regulator, should have led the negotiations and not the AGF.
The NCC had slammed the fine on MTN for failing to suspend unregistered subscribers from its network.
Source: Daily Post
- News 24