USSD: Pantami wades into MTN, banks’ fallout

Dr. Isa Pantami: backed by Buhari
Isa Pantami backed by Buhari
Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy wades into MTN-Banks feud
Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy wades into MTN-Banks feud

By Muhaimin Olowoporoku

Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has assured that the inability of MTN users to use the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) channel will be resolved soon.

The minister said that the issue emanated from a fallout between MTN Nigeria and some banks.

He added that it has intervened in the feud and the situation will soon be resolved.

“On the fallout between MTN Nigeria and some banks on USSD services today, I engaged with both regulators, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and EVC Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).

“We have reached an advance stage of resolving the issues, for the services to be restored to our citizens. Many thanks!” Pantami tweeted.

On Friday, MTN subscribers had taken to social media to lament as commercial banks disconnected them from banking channels including the USSD and banking apps.

Many complained of being unable to recharge their MTN lines using USSD and other banking channels.

MTN also sent a message to its customers asking users to recharge their lines through physical cards.

“Dear Customer, our bank recharge channels are currently unavailable. Kindly recharge using physical cards. We apologise for the inconvenience. Thank you,” the message read.

1 COMMENT

  1. Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami, is one of those ministers who does not know what he is doing. What a shame of the type of people we have in government in Nigeria. For 14 years that I have been in Australia I have never been told to have a national identity card before I can have a sim card, have passport or what have you. Nigerian leaders are blind.

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