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Ndukwe replaces Dozie as MTN chairman

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MTN Nigeria has appointed Ernest Ndukwe, the former director-general of the Nigerian Communications Commission as chairman-designate in a board shake-up, that saw long serving banker, Dr. Pascal Dozie ousted.

Ndukwe will take over on 2 September. Dozie has been chairman for almost 20 years.

The shake-off followed listing of MTN stock on the Nigerian bourse.

Majority owned by South Africa’s MTN Group, MTN Nigeria listed in Lagos in May in a 2 trillion naira ($6.54 billion) debut, in part to settle a long-running dispute in Nigeria, its biggest market.

That listing turned the telecoms company into the exchange’s second-largest stock by market value.

In addition to Ndukwe, MTN appointed former Nigerian pension regulatory chief Muhammad Ahmad, former minister for communication Omobola Johnson and former banker Andrew Alli who once represented the International Finance Corporation to MTN Nigeria’s board.

“(The) combination of extensive experience across the worlds of technology, finance, regulatory and policy development and corporate governance offers a hugely synergistic set of skills that will be of great benefit to us as we move into a new phase of growth,” MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Ferdinand Moolman said.

MTN Nigeria grew to become Nigeria’s biggest telecoms firm under Dozie, who steps down alongside five other directors after 18 years at the helm of the company.

In December, MTN agreed to make a $53 million payment to resolve a multibillion-dollar dividend repatriation row in Nigeria after it paid over $1 billion to settle a dispute over unregistered SIM cards and agreed to list on Nigeria’s bourse.

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