By Uwa Suleiman
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has reaffirmed the determination of the federal government to create an enabling environment for investments and businesses to thrive through its policy interventions and tasked investors to comply with guidelines and uphold best business practices in the conduct of their affairs in the country.
Pantami was speaking in his office during a courtesy call on him by the leadership of the MTN Nigeria group led by its Chairman, Ernest Ndukwe. The Minister, while welcoming the Managing Director designate of the group Karl Toriola, urged him to abide by the principles of “customer is king” as this was paramount to the success of any business as customer perception is key. “The priority of this government is the security and welfare of its citizens and as much as we are committed to making our economy business-friendly for investors, we will always put the satisfaction of our citizens as priority”.
Pantami noted that “the telecoms sector is very key to economic development and that is why inspite of the challenges, we are still growing. We cannot therefore tolerate any decisions or practices that will question the integrity of the sector” He also commended the group for giving due considerations to indigenous manpower which has led to the emergence of a second Nigerian to head the team while also applauding and encouraging its commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility though the MTNFoundation.
In his response, the In-coming MD Karl Toriola while eulogising the sterling leadership qualities of Dr Pantami in championing and driving the Digital Economy agenda, assured the federal government that “we will key into any government policies and initiatives and are willing and open to any collaborations and partnerships that will further advance the digital economy cause”.