– The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has forced Nokia-Alcatel to shut down its office in Nigeria – The company was said to have been operating in Nigeria without the necessary permit – The company reportedly failed to obtain a licence required for the sale and installation of network equipment The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has forced Nokia-Alcatel to shut down its office in Nigeria for failure to obtain a licence required for the sale and installation of network equipment.
According to a report on Reuters, the licence fee the company owes NCC is 2 million naira ($6,349).
The head of the enforcement unit of the NCC, Salisu Abdul, told journalists that Nokia had been operating in Nigeria without the required licence for many years. He however informed them that Nokia had applied for a licence three months ago but had failed to complete the process which led to the NCC’s latest action. His words: “We all know that Nokia has been in this country for a long period of time and for any entity to provide a telecommunications service in this country, they ought to have consulted the NCC to obtain the requisite licence. “Nokia is involved in equipment manufacturing, supply and installation. What they ought to have obtained from the NCC is sales and installation licence.” A spokesperson for Nokia however told Global Telecoms Business that the closure was temporary and the situation will be resolved as soon as possible. “The temporary closing of our administrative office in Lagos is an important matter to us. We continue to closely collaborate with NCC and are accelerating our efforts to quickly correct the situation. “We remain fully committed to delivering world-class connectivity solutions to the Nigerian market and positively contributing to the country socio-economic development,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Greenstone Capital International Africa and Tacnero Global has concluded plans to inject $14billion into the Nigerian economy. In a statement distributed to media houses by the group’s legal adviser, Greg Anumenechi, the investors indicated their willingness to invest in strategic sectors of the Nigerian economy. They listed sectors like agriculture, aviation, medicals, solid minerals, marine, power and petroleum, real estate, industries, information technology, parks, education and the expansion of Nigeria’s version of Silicon Valley as areas where they are interested in.
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