The News about Etisalat leaving Nigeria has been trending since the beginning of this week. The caption clearly describes what I think is disturbing many Etisalat customers. Some because of what business or record or anything important their phone numbers are linked to. Well, you don’t have to panic, because Etisalat is still available for you.
Like we revealed yesterday, the Abu-Dhabi based company will leave Nigeria in 20 days which they have ordered the removal of Brand name. From then the Government will take over, though with a new name. This was confirmed by the Vice President, Regulatory and Cooperate Affairs, EMTS, Mr Ibrahim Diko.
He said the Government is fully aware of the situation and have taken a good step to keep Nigerians still on their SIMs. He added that the EMTS have an Agreement with Etisalat Group. This agreement entitles EMTS to use the brand notwithstanding the recent change.
Here is what he disclosed;
“Indeed, discussions are ongoing between EMTS and Etisalat Group pertaining to the continued use of the brand.
“EMTS will issue a formal statement once discussions are concluded.
“The final outcome on the use of the brand in no way affects the operations of the business as our full range of services remain available to our customers,’’ he said.
“This notion is strongly reflected in our core messages and depicted in major projects and initiatives, which we have been known to support.
“All these initiatives have their foundation embedded in supporting key aspects of the Nigerian fabric: building Nigerian businesses and empowering Nigerians with a focus on the youth.
“Nigeria remains the soul of EMTS’ business and we have made the brand alluring to our teeming subscribers, who see a piece of the spirit and character of Nigeria in everything we do.
“EMTS is here to stay and we wish to assure our esteemed customers that our core values of youthfulness, customer-centricity, and innovation will remain the pillars on which we operate.
“We thank our esteemed customers for their abiding faith in us,’’ Dikko said.