MTN Group Chairman Mcebisi Jonas and President and CEO Ralph Mupita met with Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) to examine the country’s progress in updating users’ SIM registration records with national identification numbers (NINs).
During the meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday, the Honourable Minister stated that nearly 85 million NINs have been registered across the industry thus far and that they will serve as the foundation of the country’s digital economy, which he noted was beginning to scale.
The discussions also touched on the development of 5G services in Nigeria, as well as efforts to bring internet connectivity to more people in rural regions. The Minister urged MTN Group and MTN Nigeria to continue investing in the industry and thereby assist the objectives of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025.
Mupita informed the Minister of MTN Nigeria’s provision of servers to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as part of MTN’s efforts to speed up NIN registration. The Minister appreciated this.
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