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titi-10Our Association’s attention has been drawn to a recent news report that  Globacom – a telecommunications company and Nigeria’s Second National Operator – is contemplating withdrawing its business activities from Ghana for reasons of sabotage and vandalism of its infrastructure and challenges to its investment believed to be perpetrated by some local interests in that country.

 

The report has been confirmed by Globacom Nigeria Ltd.

 

 We are concerned about the fundamental issue of the responsibilities of Nigeria to the investment of its citizens who have, against all odds, made a concerted decision to invest  in other countries either as part of multinational consortia or as local companies of their host industry.

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In an era of increased geo-economic co-operation amongst countries, this unfortunate development is beyond being a Globacom’s issue but has been elevated to being a Nigeria’s issue. Given the Africa’s litany of geo-political squabbles, it is imperative therefore that Nigeria must commence to give practical support and incentive to the investment of Nigerians who invest in other countries.

 

 

It is herby brought to public attention that the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria, ATCON has begun consultation by canvassing detailed opinions on the business, regulatory and legislative dimensions of the matter with appropriate authorities.

 

 

The Association is about seeking the attention of the Honourable Minister of Information and Communications on this development and to requests that in the interest of pan-African development, she impresses on the Presidency the need to open up discussion with Ghanaian authorities immediately to ensure that Globacom’s investment in Ghana are supported and protected to avert the prospect of the withdrawal of its investment.

Titi Omo-Ettu
Titi Omo-Ettu has more than three decades of active participation in the Nigerian telecommunication development. He is a telecommunications consultant and trainer with focus on developmental processes. He has been Consultant to the Nigerian Communications Commission from its inception in 1993 to date serving the Commission in the areas of industry studies and research, universal service plans and internet applications. He offers similar services to private sector clients. He is Managing Partner of Telecom Answers Associates, and founder of The Cyberschuul, a Lagos based telecommunications training Institute. Mr. Omo-Ettu is Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers; Fellow Telecom Executive Management Institute, Canada; Member, Association of Consulting Engineers, Nigeria; and Member, Nigerian Institute of Management. He is a Council Member and vice-President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigerian, COREN, He lives in Lagos.Contact Titi through his email:titi@cyberschuulnews.com website:www.cyberschuulnews.com

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