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Stop Teleology from claiming 9mobile ownership, Reps tell NCC

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The House of Representatives ’ Committee on Telecommunications has asked the Nigeria Communications Commission to stop Teleology from claiming ownership of 9 mobile , formerly known as Etisalat .
The committee on Wednesday evening grilled the Executive Vice – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NCC , Prof . Umar Danbatta , over the sale of 9 mobile to Teleology without the knowledge of the lawmakers.

The NCC however denied being part of the sale of 9 mobile to Teleology , saying that the transaction was between the consortium of banks ( creditors) who took over the company from Etisalat and the new operator .

The commission also disclosed that it had yet to issue an operational licence to Teleology .

In his opening remarks , Chairman of the Committee , Mr Saheed Akinade – Fijabi , said , “ The last time we met , our decision was for everybody to go back and that anything that was happening on the sale , take – over or transfer of licence, the committee should know about it . Unfortunately , the committee read on the pages of newspapers that Teleology had taken over 9 mobile .

“ We as a committee do not know anybody called Teleology because they have never appeared before this committee. I believe that NCC should know whoever Teleology is and be able to help us to call them . Unfortunately , they are not here again today . ”

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Responding, Danbatta said NCC had yet to issue a new operational licence to Teleology apart from the one issued to the former owners .

He said , “ Let me say again that no license has been transferred . I don’ t know if this was reported in the news you read . The licence in the possession of EMTS which traded in the past as Etisalat and later with the approval of the NCC , as 9 mobile , is still with EMTS .

“ I want to assure this House that the operational licence of EMTS as well as the spectrum, these two licences are still with EMTS . No requests have been made by any new owners . ”

“ It is a marketing gimmick , Mr Chairman , ” Danbatta added .

Responding after the clarification from the NCC boss , Akinade -Fijabi said , “ With what NCC is saying now , they should stop parading themselves as someone who has taken over 9 mobile . ”

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