The adverse practices towards telecom will hurt the industry to a large extent and could
also greatly impact on the economy. The deliberate destruction of telecoms
infrastructure and general vandalism is now becoming a worrisome issue.
With the reprisal attacks against the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South
Africa, Industry practitioners are worried that the outcome of these reprisal attacks could
mean more harm than good to the Nigerian economy, considering the level of
destruction and losses recorded by the victims at the end of the day.
Most people express concerns that the current threats to shut down South African
businesses in Nigeria by the protesting Nigerian youths on MTN, DSTV and Shoprite
among others may have too many consequences for the Nigerian economy.
For instance, barely four days after the National Association of Nigerian Students,
NANS, took their protest to MTN office in Maitama, Abuja and other South African
establishments, checks reveal that some of the offices of these businesses are yet to
open for their usual day to day activities. This could be probably due to fear of reprisal
A telecom analyst, Mr Nduka Odibo said that it could take Nigeria quite some time to
recover the loss of any telecom company not operating for days either as a result of
infrastructure damage or threat of it. According to Mr Nduka Odibo, in his statement that
“We must understand that telecommunications is a catalyst for economic growth and
with the precarious nature of our economy today, the least we could avoid is allowing
these operators to close shop.”
If these trends are allowed to continue, it would not only affect the services of these
companies but will also impact negatively on the economy, leading to loss of millions of
“I don’t think that the continued Xenophobic attacks in both South Africa and Nigeria will
favour any of the two economies, so there is urgent need for the various actors to act
fast to save the economies from imminent losses” he advised.
Despite the threats and challenges, MTN Nigeria has also pledged confidence in the
Nigeria telecoms market, promising to inject more money into the sector.
MTN Group promised to continue to invest in digital services urging the Nigerian
Communications Commission, NCC to avail it of more spectrums that will enable them
to play optimally in the Countries digital mobile industry. The sector has contributed very
well to the GDP of the country and has shown remarkable resilience in this recession..