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MTN withdraws suit against FG, pays N50bn ‘in good faith’

Telecoms giants, MTN has withdrawn its suit against the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and paid N50 billion towards an amicable resolution of the fine imposed on the company.

The mobile phone company withdrew the case at the federal high court in Lagos in response to a request by the Nigerian authorities. Ferdi  Moolman, the CEO of MTN Nigeria said on the withdrawal: “This is a most encouraging development. It demonstrates a willingness and sincerity by both parties to work together towards a positive outcome.” MTN paid N50bn to the federal government “as a gesture of good faith and commitment to continued efforts towards an amicable resolution”, according to the telecoms company.

Moolman further said: “We are hopeful at this stage. Along with the  authorities, it is clear that we are collectively committed to working towards a solution that is of mutual benefit to all parties. Our industry in Nigeria is an incredibly important example of  the remarkable progress in  ICT particularly as a much needed catalyst for socio-economic growth and development at this time.”

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