Telecoms giant, MTN, yesterday accused the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) of not being clear with information on its decision to reduce the N1.04 trillion fine earlier imposed on the operator for not disconnect about 5.1 million unregistered subscribers in its network in August and September 2015.
The operators said that within two days it received two separate letters with conflicting information on the regulator’s decision to review the fine downwards.
According to MTN, while the first letter dated December 2, 2015 communicated that the NCC had reduced the fine to N674 billion from the original N1,040,000,000,000 (One Trillion, Forty Billion Naira ), representing a 35% reduction, the second letter dated December 3, 2015 conveyed that the regulator only reduced the fine to 780 Billion Naira, representing 25% reduction.
MTN said both letters surprisingly stated that the fines must be paid on or before December 31, 2015 and most unfortunately, failed to set out any details on how the reduction was determined.
It however promised to review the two letters with the ultimate aim of giving adequate official response.
Reacting to the allegation, the Director Public Affairs of the NCC, Mr Tony Ojobo, explained that there was a mistake in figure of the first letter which immediately prompted the second one.
According to him, the actual decision is that the Commission, has after due considerations of MTN’s consistent pleas and admission of guilt, among other factors, decided to reduce the fine by 25 percent.
He said that the second letter to MTN was clear that the first was null and void with the receipt of the second one and so should not attract any ambiguity.