The Minister of Communications Technology, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, yesterday declared readiness to appear before the Senate over the payment of N50 billion by MTN Nigeria.
The telecommunications firm had made the payment as sign of “good faith” after it withdrew its case in court challenging the Nigerian Communications Commission’s decision to impose a N780 billion fine on it for subscriber identity module (SIM) card registration infraction.
Speaking after paying working visits to MainOne, MTN and Globacom in Lagos yesterday, Shittu said the senators only wanted to clarify if indeed the money had been paid and if MTN had withdrawn the legal action it instituted against the Federal Government.
“Well, I will be happy to appear before the Senate. There cannot be Senate without the Executive and in a democracy, there cannot be an Executive without the Legislature. We work together for a common goal.
“They have invited me to clarify issues and I am more than prepared to appear before the National Assembly tomorrow (today). The simple exercise I have to do is to clarify the issue of whether the N50billion supposed to be paid by MTN has been paid and whether the case it instituted against the NCC has been withdrawn”, the minister said.