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Minister lists obstacles to effective service delivery by telecoms firms

By Iyabo Lawal, Ibadan
03 November 2016   |   3:44 am
Communications Minister Adebayo Shittu has identified poor electricity supply, vandalism and theft of equipment, as some of the problems hindering ...
Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication

Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication

Communications Minister Adebayo Shittu has identified poor electricity supply, vandalism and theft of equipment, as some of the problems hindering telecommunication companies from delivering effective service delivery to customers.

The minister, who spoke at the monthly Correspondents Chapel forum in Ibadan, Oyo State announced that the Nigeria Postal Service (NPS) would soon be expanded to include financial inclusiveness to cater for rural areas where there are no banks.

Shittu, while speaking on poor service delivery by telecommunications company appealed to subscribers to exercise patience saying he is also a victim of unimpressive service delivery of network providers.

The minister assured that efforts are going on to make all telecommunication outfits give quality service to the people.

Listing the efforts his ministry is making to help the country out of its economic recession, he said the NIPOST Property and Development Company would take care of its excess lands, to develop them into shopping malls that would provide employment for youths.

He dismissed reports that a cabal has hijacked the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that the rumour is a figment of the imagination of the speculators.

The minister added that the issue of a fine imposed on the telecommunication giant, MTN, has been settled with the Federal Government since the company has done the needful.

He explained that the fine was reduced after considering the role the company has played in the area of unemployment in the country.