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MTN Nigeria Gets N221 Million Waiver

Nigerian Communications Commission executive vice chairman, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, has secured a permit fee waiver of an astonishing N221 million ($697 thousand) for MTN Nigeria in Kano State, according to reports.

This is not the first time that the NCC boss has intervened to a similar effect. Last year Danbatta secured a similar deal in Ogun State, which resulted in the unsealing of 47 base stations under lock and key, while the state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, also reduced ground rent fee owed by IHS Towers from N370 million to N120 million.

A statement made recently by the NCC revealed that Huawei staff, working on telecommunication infrastructure expansion in Kano state on behalf of the MTN Nigeria, was arrested by the officials of government’s agency, Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KANUPDA), a development which put a full stop to the project.

The situation could have adverse effects on Quality of Service experience among millions of service subscribers in the state and beyond before it was swiftly nipped in the bud. Danbatta as a result of the arrests, made an unscheduled visit to the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and the government magnanimously waived the permit fee of N221 Million for deployment of fibre infrastructure in that state.

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