Nigeria: N1.04 Trillion Fine - FG Accuses National Assembly of Stalling Settlement By MTN


Abuja — The Minister of Communication Technology, Adebayo Shittu, on Wednesday accused the National Assembly (NASS) of stalling progress in the payment of the balance of the N1.04 trillion fine imposed on the telecommunication giant for breach of SIM card registration rules last year.

Asked why there is delay from MTN in settling the balance of the fine, he said: "If you are talking about MTN fine, I was at NASS platform recently. The real process, to my mind, is the fact that the National Assembly, particularly the House of Representatives, is investigating this matter.

"Those of us expected to make comments decided to withhold our comments because we know that whatever we do, will invariably be subject to the outcome of this investigation by the law makers. So for me, that is the reason why we have not yet made greater progress.

"And as you would have seen yesterday the process of legislative investigation is still ongoing and once it is concluded I hope positively that we get things going and I think the matter will be put behind us."
Source: This Day 13 April 2016