This comes, according to information, after several requests from Nigerian authorities that the South African headquartered mobile services provider should list its Nigerian business on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
MTN Nigeria CEO, Ferdi Moolman, who confirmed the development recently, agreed also that the change is an important step towards listing the telecommunications company on the NSE.
“Our conversion to a Plc is a major step towards listing by introduction on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in the first half of 2019. It is a reaffirmation of our long-term commitment to expanding investment opportunities for Nigerians, in addition to providing everyday services to them. We look forward to continuing our engagement with the SEC and NSE to take forward the listing process.”
MTN has had quite a bumpy ride during its time in Nigeria so far. One of its biggest bumps was in 2015 when MTN Nigeria had to agree to pay Nigerian authorities a reduced fine of $1,05 billion fine for missing a deadline to cut off unregistered SIM cards from its network. As part of the reduced fine, one of the terms was that MTN Group would list MTN Nigeria separately on the NSE.
Being the largest telecommunications company in Nigeria has led to some analysts alluding that it is perhaps a target of the Nigerian government.