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MTN Fine: Again, Shittu Shuns Reps C’ttee

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Posted: Jun 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ahmed Musa

Abuja – Mr. Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, on Monday failed to turn up at a meeting with the  House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications with a view to discussing the reduction of the N1.04 trillion fine slammed on telecommunications provider MTN Nigeria Ltd, to N330 billion.

While Mr. Abubakar Malami , the Attorney General of the Federation, wrote a letter to the committee explaining his inability to attend, Shittu neither wrote to the committee nor sent any representative to the meeting.

At the meeting slated for 2pm, only officials of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) led by the Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Garba Danbatta, were in attendance.

Apparently frustrated by the scenario, Hon. Saheed Fijabi ,the Chairman of the Committee, said the meeting would be the last meeting over the matter, as the committee had enough materials to present its report to the House.

His words: “The Attorney General sent in a letter that he is to represent Mr. President at an event in Lagos. But other parties in this hearing are not present. We cannot take the NCC alone”, he said, as the committee dissolved into an executive session.

The House had mandated the committee to investigate the circumstances, which led to the reduction of the initial N1.04trillion fine to N780bn.

MTN was slammed with the fine following its failure to deactivate 200,000 unregistered sim cards in line with the NCC Act amounting to operational misconduct, which the government said had security implications.

The lawmakers had rejected the reduction arguing that the NCC Act stipulates a certain amount of money as penalty for each unregistered sim, therefore any reduction can only be effected by an amendment to the Act.