The fine that was just recently imposed on MTN by the National Communications Commission (NCC) of Nigeria has taken a new twist as the City Press have published a report that hints toward the opinion that the South African government may have well been aware that such sanctions would be placed on the mobile telecommunications company before a public announcement was even made at all.
MTN recently got slapped with a fine that amounted to about NGN1.04 trillion because the service provider didn’t follow normal protocol and disable the accounts of over 5.1 million subscribers due to their failure to register their respective lines before the deadline. This amount was accrued as a result of NGN200,000 fine on each customer that are yet to register and didn’t get de-activated.
This report by City Press is riding on the back of the fact that the South African government has reached out to the Nigerian administration on the matter in a bid to help their “flagship company” either avoid the fine or bring it within a reasonable corridor of pay.
Sometime last week, the Minister of Presidency in person of Jeff Radebe has said that the SA is yet to host talks with Nigeria at all due to the fact that there is no cabinet in place now, making it impossible for their finance minister to identify any counterpart to talk to.