Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has appealed to NTEL to give rural dwelling Nigerians opportunity to make choices and enjoy the services of NTEL along other network providers by going national.
NTEL was given this charge by the Minister when a management team of the company led by the new NTEL Managing Director (MD), Ernest Akinlola paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
The Minister congratulated the new MD and promised to give him the necessary support because “NTEL belongs to Nigeria and that the challenges of funding and going International should be addressed as it is government’s ambition to encourage Nigerian companies in the telecom sector to succeed.
“Hence, they should be able to have a timeline to be able to use NTEL everywhere in the country and internationally,” Shittu said.
In his remark, new Managing Director of NTEL, Ernest Akinlola said he deemed it necessary to pay a courtesy visit to the Minister because of the massive support his company has received from him and the Ministry since inception.
He said that, he has a clear vision of where he is taking the company to which is, “to be number one in Nigeria.”
He promised to build a company that is customer based, engaging in network sharing of information with Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and infrastructure with other network providers in Nigeria.
He furthermore said he will turn the past corners of where challenges are, and move forward to build relationship with the Ministry as well as customers because telecom industry needs to survive in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive said that he will also build a nomenclature to invest in Ericsson, grow our footprint, and get cheaper handset for the customers.