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FG responsible for NITEL’s woes — Babalola

By Amaka Agwuegbo

LAGOS — Federal Government’s interference in the management of the moribund national carrier, the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), has been blamed for the predicament the company is facing.

Speaking at the launch of The Story of NITEL, A Giant in Comatose, a book written by Mr. Aaron Ukodie, Deputy General Manager, NITEL, Mr. M.A. Babalola, in Lagos, said the defunct national carrier would have been functioning save for government interferences.

“I am happy that a book has been written about NITEL but the truth is that the government knows what it is doing. If government wants NITEL to start working tomorrow, it will, but because of all they stand to benefit from the woes of the company, they are reluctant to let it work.”

He also praised the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communication Commission, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, for his efforts in repositioning the Commission, saying: “When you are through with what you are doing at the NCC, we pray you will be sent to NITEL to sanitise the system.”

Explaining the reasons for writing the book, Ukodie, a veteran journalist, said he wanted people to know the history of NITEL, where it is coming from and what is happening to the company.
bane of NITEL is directionless and lack of competent leadership.


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