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Reps committee threatens MTN, Airtel over refusal to honour invitation

Two telecommunication giants, MTN Nigeria and Airtel have continued to snub invitation by House of Representatives Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility at public hearing.

The telecoms companies were supposed to be at a public hearing on a bill to regulate corporate social responsibility in Nigeria but they have failed to honour the invitation the committee.

Worried by this attitude, the committee on Tuesday threatened to issue warrants of arrest for failing to honour its invitation.

Hon. Lillian Orogbu expressed regret that these companies had repeatedly violated the law, emphasising the need for appropriate punishment. She said: “Section 89, 8 of the Constitution mandates individual companies as invited to make themselves available to parliament but they break the law and I want to tell you Sir, MTN Airtel they take so much from our nation and they feel too big to appear before the parliament we will not tolerate that.

“I want you as a regulatory body to organize those telecommunication companies where they will be meeting between this parliament and the telecommunication, we gave them the powers to operate in Nigeria so to refuse to honour the invitation of the parliament is a no, no, we take exception to it. The parliament is frowning at it and this is an opportunity to say clearly.

“If MTN is here and I have taken all friendly measures to make them understand the need to appear before the parliament but they have refused. If you feel you are responsible then you should appear before the parliament, we want you to be responsible and accountable they operate across the country and they have disrespected the same nation by not housing our invitation.

“We want the committee to be socially responsible. If you are providing any social responsibility let us know what you are doing, all we want to know is what you are doing. We are not here to hunt any company. she concluded by asking the NCC to reach out to these companies and advise them to do the needful.

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