Buhari urges MTN to reduce call, data costs in Nigeria


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday urged the MTN Group to reduce its cost of calls and data in Nigeria.

The President received members of the board led by its President and Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Mupita at the State House, Abuja.

Buhari noted that Nigeria is the MTN’s most lucrative market in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the source of a third of the income of the entire group.

He urged the firm to continue to expand high-quality connectivity to Nigerians in unserved and underserved areas.

The President also sought MTN’s support for the implementation of the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector.

“We would like you to continue to support our efforts by improving the Quality of Service and enabling a downward price review of the cost of data and other services, in view of your large market in Nigeria.

“We also urge you to step up your Corporate Social Responsibility programs and support Research and Development that will enhance your services in Nigeria.”

Buhari assured that his administration was doing everything possible to make Nigeria investor-friendly by addressing identified challenges.

He listed the implementation of policies to ensure that institutions and investors have a conducive environment for doing business in the country.

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