Federal Government Gives Fresh Details on Twitter Operations in Nigeria

Federal Government Gives Fresh Details on Twitter Operations in Nigeria

  • The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that Twitter is expected to open an office in Nigeria
  • Mohammed who made this known on Monday, February 21, said the office would likely be opened first quarter of 2022
  • According to the minister, the move is part of the agreement reached to have the ban imposed on it lifted

A month after lifting the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria, the federal government says the company is expected to open its Nigerian office before the end of March 2022.

Vanguard reports that the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure on Monday, February 21, when he appeared on a radio programme.

Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed says Twitter is expected to open its Nigerian office before the end of Q1. Photo credit: Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria
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According to Mohammed, the move is part of the agreement Twitter reached with the Nigerian government to have the ban imposed on it lifted, The Cable added.

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He said:

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“Twitter also agreed to comply with all payable taxes, as they are operating under Nigerian laws and this they agreed to do within one week of restoring their operations."

The minister maintained that relevant laws and the broadcasting code would be amended to ensure that the agreements reached with Twitter are applicable to other social media platforms.

Twitter finally meets FG's conditions

In a previous report by Legit.ng, investigations indicated that Twitter was expected to resume full operations, having met all the conditions listed by the federal government.

It was gathered that the technical committee set up to resolve the issue between both parties was working on the offers by Twitter after which a final recommendation would be made to President Buhari.

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A government source disclosed that the site had "finally met six conditions set by the government for the lifting of the ban on its service in Nigeria as at the close of business in 2021."

FG finally lifts suspension on Twitter operations in Nigeria

In a related development, the federal government lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria following the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The decision was announced by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the chairman of the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and director-general of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Kashifu, in a statement in Abuja, said the approval was given following a memo written to the president by the minister of communications and digital economy.

Source: Legit.ng

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