The domino effect of the fuel scarcity that has continued to plague Nigeria for about a month now appears to be reaching critical mass.
MTN Nigeria has sent out a public statement to alert its subscribers of impending drop in quality of service, no thanks to challenges of acquiring diesel.
Diesel scarcity jeopardizes MTN operations pic.twitter.com/CfglElvngm
— MTN Nigeria (@MTNNG) May 23, 2015
Below is content of the message:
The management of MTN states that the current diesel scarcity in most parts of Nigeria is posing a significant threat to quality of service and the ability to optimally operate the network.
According to the Corporate Services Executive Akinwale Goodluck, “most of our base stations and switches are powered round-the-clock by Diesel Generators and the current fuel shortage has drastically reduced the availability of diesel fuel supply to key locations”
MTN’s available reserves of diesel are running low and the company must source for a significant quantity of diesel in the near future to prevent a shut down of services across Nigeria. If diesel supplies are not received in the next 24 hours, the network will be seriously degraded and customers will feel the impact.
MTN is working with all stakeholders to ensure that services remain. MTN sincerely apologizes for any outages and inconvenience that may occur and seeks the understanding of customers at this time.
With 61 million subscribers, MTN Nigeria accounts for over 40 percent of mobile network users in Nigeria. Should the network experience a shut down, it will no doubt have drastic effect on the day-to-day operations of Nigerians.