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Telecom Operators, TOTAN, Sue FG Over NITEL/MTEL

Telecommunication operators and Technicians Association of Nigeria (TOTAN), Oyo State chapter, has sued the Federal Government and other telecommunication companies to court over plan to sell NITEL/MTEL.

In the suit number FHC/IB/CS/75/13, filed at the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division, the association, prayed the court in a three-motion case to stall the action of the Federal Government from selling, transferring or alienating the shares of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited and its subsidiary, Mobile Telecommunications of Nigeria (MTEL) to the Bureau of Public Enterprises pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit in the case.

In the case, which also has other telecommunication communications listed as respondents in the suit, the association prayed the court to stop them from blocking, deleting, withdrawing from their computer all GSM lines already sold to subscribers pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

The chairman of the association, Dr Akin Taylor, who spoke with journalists in Ibadan, said NITEL/MTEL is a part of the collective wealth of the entire Nigerian citizenry and worth more than $5 billion. He said instead of the Federal Government selling off the outfit, the concession or operations of Public Private Partnership model would have been of greater advantage to the country. Taylor noted that there is no basis for the sale of the moribund company.

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