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
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.
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.”
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.”