In what seem like an irony for the same commission that fined them a huge sum some time back, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been able to secure a N221 million waiver permit from the Kano State government for giant telecommunication company, MTN. The waiver will enable the operator to complete a network infrastructure upgrade and fibre layout in the state.
According to media report, before NCC’s intervention, some staff of Huawei who were working on the telecommunication infrastructure expansion in Kano on behalf of MTN, put in custody by the officials of the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KANUPDA). This was what made the commission and its head, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, pay a visit to the State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, after which the government magnanimously waived the permit fee of N221million for the deployment of fibre infrastructure in the state.
NCC’s head, Danbatta was said to have convinced the Governor about the economic advantages that the state would benefit from the deployment of more telecommunication infrastructure in it. He also made clear the potential quality of service issues that millions of service subscribers would face if the work was further delayed.
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The waiver of permit fees was granted in respect of two federal roads, Zaria Road and Maiduguri Road in the state. This was according to a letter signed by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, KANUPDA, Bashir Mudi Adamu, and addressed to MTN.