MTN Nigeria denies sacking Oyagbola

Amina Oyagbola. PHOTO: Youtube

Amina Oyagbola. PHOTO: Youtube

Telecommunications firm, MTN Nigeria, has denied an online report that the South African firm actually sacked Mrs. Aminat Oyagbola, its former Head of Human Resources and Corporate Services, whom the firm claimed resigned last week.

The report, which claimed to have relied on an insider source from MTN and some powerful people in Abuja, said Oyagbola was sacked for her role in an alleged N500 million bribery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari, so that the fine slammed on it could be slashed.

MTN was fined N1.04 trillion ($5.2 billion) by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for contravening regulatory issues regarding registration of Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards.

The fine, after several interventions, which included the visit of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, was later slashed to N780 billion, and later N330 billion.

The firm, in a statement, titled: ‘RE: Fictitious Story on MTN and Amina Oyagbola,’ said: “To be clear, we state without equivocation that the story is untrue, malicious, defamatory, with the goal of damaging our hard-earned reputation, as well as that of our highly respected executive, Amina Oyagbola, who has served our company for 12 meritorious years.

“We categorically deny the accusation that MTN (or its employees) offered a bribe to a government official over the NCC fine.

“Secondly, there is absolutely no truth to the accusation that Oyagbola, who is our Human Resources and Corporate Services Executive, was fired.

“She made the voluntary decision to resign after serving MTN for 12 years as the longest serving Executive. During this period, she also served as a Director on the boards of the MTN Nigeria Foundation, MTN Benin and Visafone.”

MTN insisted that Oyagbola has made the decision to take a well-deserved break after almost 30 years of providing her leadership skills and expertise to various multinational organisations in corporate Nigeria.

“In conclusion, we would like to reassure our customers and stakeholders in the public and private sector that MTN continues to subscribe to the highest ethical standards in all its activities.”

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