The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said Mobile Network Operator, Airtel operating license is pending, debunking report of 10 years approval.
This was contained in a statement made available to Nigerian NewsDirect by the Commission’s Director Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde on Sunday.
NCC stated that contrary to media reports making the rounds, Airtel applied for Access Service Licence (UASL) renewal which is awaiting regulatory approval.
“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 10 years.
“Mr. Ogunsanya was said to have made the statement while speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, July 14, 202, 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 required regulatory process. This statement is issued for the guidance of our stakeholders,” the statement said.