The Federal Government says MTN had paid only N80 billion of the N330 billion fine forced on it for neglecting to deactivate more than five million unregistered SIM cards.
Talking at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja, the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, said that the organization paid the whole for the primary year.
It will be reviewed that MTN was at first fined 5.2 billion dollars (N1.04 trillion) for neglecting to deactivate more than five million unregistered SIM cards yet was later lessened to N330 billion.
“For the principal year, they paid N80 billion, subsequent to paying the underlying N50 billion, and they should pay for a long time until they will finish the N330 billion.
“MTN does not have a decision, when the law was made, it said for each unregistered SIM card being used, the fine is N200, 000, the law never expected that one organization will be in infringement to the tune of a large number of lines.
“It was unfathomable, so when the thing was included 200,000 circumstances 5.2 million lines, it went to a trillion or more.
“When it happened, the MTN did four things; one they acknowledged that they were in default, two, they apologized for that and three they conferred themselves never to permit a wonder such as this to happen and number four, they requested abatement.
“Government needed to take a gander at various elements on the grounds that on the off chance that they need to pay this sum; they will pack up.
“We likewise realized that we welcomed the universal group to come and contribute and anything that will be done which will shake the certainty of worldwide financial specialists in Nigerian economy, we should keep away from it.
“Therefore, we should not discard the child with the shower water, in the event that they had stuffed up and left, let us accept all their staff are not more than 5, 000, it implies those 5,000 will lose their employments.
“Additionally the individuals who made speculation, who purchased shares will lose their shares and the Nigeria managing an account segment would go into emergency,” he said.
The pastor said that even in the court framework, on the off chance that one was fined and couldn’t pay for one reason or the other, the individual would request reevaluation either by method for claim or bringing a movement.