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NCC yet to renew Airtel’s licence, says Adinde 

From JAMES NWABUEZE, Abuja

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied reports it had renewed the operating licence of Airtel Mobile for another 10 years, saying the announcement reportedly made by the Managing Director/CEO of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Ogunsanya at the media launch of Airtel’s corporate social responsibility programme in Lagos, was was not true.

In a statement released at the weekend, the Commission’s Spokesperson, Dr. Ikechikwu Adinde said even though the mobile operator had applied for its license to be renewed for 10 years, an approval was yet to be given to their request.

“The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission has been drawn to a recent statement on an online publication credited to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Office of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Ogunsanya, to the effect that the mobile operating license of Airtel has been renewed by the Commission for another period of ten years,” the NCC statement read, in part.

“Mr. Ogunsanya was said to have made the statement while speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, during the media launch of Airtel’s corporate social responsibility programme, ‘Touching Lives 6’.

“The Commission wishes to state that while Airtel Nigeria has applied for the renewal of the Unified Access Service Licence (UASL) granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved as it is still undergoing the required regulatory process.”

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