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Airtel’s CEO, Ogunsanya goofs at launch of CSR programme

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The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Ogunsanya goofed about the renewal of the mobile operating licence of his telecoms firm.

TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Mr Ogunsanya committed the blunder at the media launch of Touching Lives, Airtel’s corporate social responsibility programme.

The Airtel boss said the mobile operating licence of his telecoms firm had been renewed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for another period of 10 years.

However, the NCC in a statement made available to TNG, stated that the comments attributed to Mr. Ogunsanya was short of the truth.

According to the statement signed and released by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Airtel’s mobile operating licence is yet to be approved as it is still undergoing required regulatory process.

According to the NCC, the clarification was necessary for the guidance of stakeholders in the telecoms industry.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to a recent statement on an online publication credited to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Ogunsanya, to the effect that the mobile operating licence 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, 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 (UASL) Licence 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”.

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