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Banks’ working collectively for early sale of 9Mobile—Okonkwo, Fidelity Bank CEO

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As the 180 days window handed down to the receiver managers of 9Mobile continue to count, the managing director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, has said that all the banks whose money is trapped are working together for smooth sale of the telecoms on or before the end of the year.

Explaining industry issues in a recent interactive session with select editors and publishers in Lagos, he said “As you are aware, the creditor banks came together to appoint a new Board and Management for the company, with the Deputy Governor of the CBN as chairman of the Board”.

“The company has good fundamentals with about 22 million subscribers, and it is also very strong in data. Our interest is to ensure the company remains a going concern so that it can attract interested buyers. The banks are working collectively on this,” Fidelity bank chief executive revealed.

It would recalled that at the heat of the $1.2bn syndicated loan default crisis which nearly grounded the former Etisalat, both the telecoms regulator and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), considered the volume of subscribers and intervened.

Part of the intervention was the appointment of former Deputy Governor of the CBN, Dr. Joseph Nnanna to head the chair the board and prepare it for potential investors between 90 to 180 days.


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