Nokia reopens Nigeria office after it was closed by regulator

Nokia has reopened its Nigeria office almost a week after it was sealed by the country’s telecom’s industry regulator Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for failure to pay the necessary N2million (about US $640,000) sales and installation license.

In media release dated September 16, Nokia stated that it has “effected constructive and collaborative engagement with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)” as result of which “the company’s Lagos office has been reopened on Friday 9th September” adding that its “business operations and support to customers in the country had not been affected by the brief office closure.”

Nokia Nigeria offices are situated at CBC Tower, Lekki, Lagos.

An article published by Vanguard Nigeria on September 8,  stated the NCC representatives had while sealing off the office, said that Nokia “has been operating in Nigeria without the license for many years”, adding that the license gives the firm the power to operate wireless transmission equipment and sales of manufacturing of equipment among others. NCC noted that Nokia had applied for the license “about three months ago but did not complete the process.

However, in its release, Nokia said that it “has operated in Nigeria for over a decade”, and “as in all other markets where it has a presence, it has conducted business with sound corporate governance.”

“We are always mindful that our business success is based upon superior commercial propositions and long-lasting partnerships with regulators, governments, suppliers, customers, partners and employees in all our markets… We take our responsibilities and obligations very seriously to build a sustainable industry that contributes to the growth of local economies. Nokia remain fully committed to acting in accordance with applicable requirements and regulations when delivering world-class connectivity solutions to the Nigerian market, in adherence with Nokia’s culture of high-performance, innovation and integrity,” Nokia stated.

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