The MTN Group has made an unwavering commitment to the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa to support a bi-national conference for South African and Nigerian businesses. The pledge was briefed to H.E. Muhammed Haruna Manta during his meeting with the MTN Nigeria delegation at MTN Group Headquarters in Fairland.
Hosted by MTN Group Chairman Mcebisi Jonas and the Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita, the fruitful visit was led by the MTN Nigeria delegation, which was inclusive of the Chairman of MTN Nigeria Ernest Ndukwe and the MTN Nigeria CEO, Karl Toriola.
According to the Group’s Chairman, the visit from the Nigerian colleagues was a productive one. In a statement, the Chairman noted that “the two-day visit from our Nigerian colleagues has been a fruitful one. We were able to convey our plans in Nigeria and how these align to the Group’s intent to provide a digital solution that will lead Africa’s progress.”
Adding to the comment is Nigeria’s Chairman, Ernest Ndukwe, who said that MTN Nigeria was committed to socio-economic development, and the company believed that one of the most extraordinary steps to take at this stage is to deepen connectivity access as well as drive financial inclusion whilst continuing to provide premium services to customers.
“For 2022, MTN Nigeria intends to ensure additional connectivity of 2000 rural communities. To this end, the organisation has secured 100MHz of 3500 spectra to enable the swift migration to 5G”, Ndukwe added.
The Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita emphasised the importance of the Nigerian and South Africa operations stating that they are necessary to form the overall health of the Group. “Our largest contributors are Nigeria and South Africa, with their operations contributing two-thirds of the total value of the Group”, Mupita highlighted. He added by noting that the Group’s strategic priority is to create shared value by strengthening the economic and business relationship between the two countries.
Under his capacity as the CEO for MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola elaborated on his role in creating shared value. “MTN Nigeria’s commitment is to support the economic development of the country by driving partnership in the public and private sector, and also to drive initiatives such as the AU vaccine initiative, CACOVID and the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway construction.
The MTN Group owns 75.6% of MTN Nigeria, intending to continue working towards further broadening the local shareholder base, which is, of course, subject to market regulatory approvals and conditions.