President Muhammadu Buhari (centre), and Nigerian Government Officials with the Visiting MTN Group Delegation in the State House, Abuja, FCT Photo: RadioNigeria

Telecoms: Buhari urges MTN to reduce call, data costs in Nigeria

*The Nigerian President has advised the telecommunication firm to continue expanding high quality connectivity to Nigerian consumers in unserved and underserved areas

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In view of the fact that Nigeria is apparently the most lucrative market in Africa, Asia and the Middle East as well as the source of a third of the income of the telecom group, President Muhammadu Buhari has advised the MTN Group to reduce its cost of calls and data in the country.

ConsumerConnect gathered President Buhari received members of the Board of MTN Communications Group, led by Ralph Mupita, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Friday, June 18, at the State House, in Abuja, FCT.

Buhari noted that Nigeria is the MTN’s most lucrative market in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the source of a third of the income of the entire group.

The Nigerian President urged the firm to continue to expand high quality connectivity to Nigerians in unserved and underserved areas, according to report.

He as well sought MTN’s support for the implementation of the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian telecommunications sector.

According to him, the implementation of policies is designed to ensure that institutions and investors have a conducive environment for doing business in the country.

Buhari stated: “We would like you to continue to support our efforts by improving the Quality of Service and enabling a downward price review of the cost of data and other services, in view of your large market in Nigeria.

“We also urge you to step up your Corporate Social Responsibility programs and support Research and Development that will enhance your services in Nigeria.”

He also assured the Telco, that his administration is doing everything possible to make the country investor-friendly by addressing identified challenges in the vital sector of the economy.

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