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Photos: Buhari, MTN top execs meet as operator visits Nigerian Govt

Photos: Buhari, MTN top execs meet as operator visits Nigerian Govt
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Top executives of South Africa’s MTN Group and local subsidiary, MTN Nigeria, last week undertook a three-day visit to top Nigerian government officials that culminated in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja.

Ralph Mupita, MTN Group CEO/President; Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO; Ernest Ndukwe, MTN Nigeria Chairman, and top officials of the largest mobile network operator (MNO) in the country, were part of the delegation that visited President Buhari.

While with the President, MTN promised to expand investments in Nigeria “with a focus on rural connectivity, internet access, and financial inclusion, while praising Nigeria’s new local content policy, which aligns perfectly with our intention to further expand our Nigerian supply chain”, according to a company statement.

MTN meets President Buhari

“While with the President, MTN promised to expand investments in Nigeria “with a focus on rural connectivity, internet access, and financial inclusion, while praising Nigeria’s new local content policy, which aligns perfectly with our intention to further expand our Nigerian supply chain.”

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Isa Pantami, Communications and Digital Economy Minister, left; President Muhammadu Buhari; Ralph Mupita, MTN Group CEO/President and Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO, presenting a gift to President Buhari at the State House Abuja.
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President Muhammadu Buhari, middle in meeting with the MTN top executives at the State House Abuja. 
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President Muhammadu Buhari, middle, flanked by Ralph Mupita, Group CEO/President of MTN Group, third from left; Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO, second left; Dr Isa Pantami, Communications, and Digital Economy Minister, second right; Adeolu Akande, Board Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Government of the Federation, first left.
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Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to the President, left; Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO and Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Government of the Federation

MTN meets Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The MTN delegation also visited Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, who is passionate about digital inclusion, economic empowerment, and ease of doing business in the country, and “both parties discussed these and other matters of mutual interests”, according to the mobile phone company.

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Anas Galadima, MTN Nigeria Senior Manager, Public Affairs, left; Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO; Ralph Mupita, MTN Group CEO/President; Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria Vice President; Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, MTN Nigeria Chairman; Tsholo Molefe, MTN Group Chief Financial Officer and Tobechukwu Okigbo, MTN Nigeria Chief Corporate Services Officer.
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Photo shows Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, middle, during the meeting with the MTN delegation.
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Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, left; Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, MTN Nigeria Chairman; Anas Galadima, MTN Nigeria Senior Manager, Public Affairs, and Tobechukwu Okigbo, MTN Nigeria Chief Corporate Services Officer.

MTN meets CBN Governor, Nigeria’s financial inclusion driver

The MTN delegation also visited Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor to hold talks over matters “of mutual interest.”

At the meeting, MTN Nigeria CEO Karl Toriola says his company “is a great success story for Foreign Direct Investment( FDI) into Nigeria and is committed to working with the government to attract more FDI.”

MTN also promised the CBN Governor “to work with the government in actualising its financial inclusion vision.”

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Ralph Mupita, MTN Group CEO/President, left; Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor and Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, MTN Nigeria Chairman.
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Tsholo Molefe, MTN Group Chief Financial Officer, left; Ralph Mupita, MTN Group CEO/President; Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor; Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, MTN Nigeria Chairman; Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO; and Tobechukwu Okigbo, MTN Nigeria Chief Corporate Services Officer.
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Ralph Mupita, MTN Group CEO/President, left; Tobechukwu Okigbo, MTN Nigeria Chief Corporate Services Officer; Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO; Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, MTN Nigeria Chairman and Tsholo Molefe, MTN Group Chief Financial Officer at the CBN headquarters in Abuja.  

MTN meets with Communications & Digital Economy Minister

The MTN delegation also visited Dr. Isa Pantami, Communications and Digital Economy Minister, where Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO says the mobile operator is focused on ensuring Nigeria remains at the forefront of global connectivity, “by expanding our 4G networks nationwide and working with the Ministry and NCC to roll out access to 5G services once licences have been issued.”

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Ralph Mupita, Group CEO/President of MTN Group, left and Dr Isa Pantami, Communications and Digital Economy Minister.
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Tsholo Molefe, MTN Group Chief Financial Officer, left; Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, MTN Nigeria Chairman; Ralph Mupita, MTN Group CEO/President; Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister for Communications & Digital Economy; Prof. Umar Dambatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission and Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO.
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