At Last, CBN Intervenes in Etisalat’s Debt Crisis

The Central Bank of Nigeria urged the consortium of banks to which Etisalat is indebted to the tune of over $1.2 billion to stop putting pressure on the telecom company. Mr. Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor, handed the directive yesterday.

According to a source:

Just like the NCC has warned that Etisalat’s license is not transferable, the leadership of the CBN from all indications will not allow any hostile takeover without its approval.

They (the banks) cannot do that by just taking a decision like that. Etisalat is not transferring any licence to any consortium of banks. We are going to resolve it amicably. The CBN and NCC are working towards resolving it amicably,
the CBN source said.

However, ThisDay reports that the banks revealed a lot of information during their presentation which include the fact that they:

✔ Had no intention of taking over Etisalat Nigeria, as had been widely reported.

✔ The banks also felt that Emirates Telecommunications Group Company (Etisalat Group), Abu Dhabi, which holds a 45 percent stake in the Nigerian subsidiary, had announced on Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange of its intention to pull out from its Nigerian operations without meeting its obligations which amounted to abandoning the company’s monumental obligations in Nigeria which include:
– $1.2 billion syndicated and bilateral loans approved by 13 Nigerian banks, now delinquent;
– Taxes and levies due to the Federal Government of Nigeria and regulatory agencies; and
– Other third-party creditors (i.e. Vendors, service providers and contractors);

✔ The banks also informed the CBN that while other network operators sold their towers and utilized the entire sales proceeds to repay their loans, Etisalat Nigeria in 2014 sold its towers but did not apply the sales proceeds to repay its loan.

✔ They are also seeking the federal government’s intervention to investigate the management of Etisalat Nigeria over the utilization of the $1.2 billion facilities.

In response, Etisalat blamed its inability to offset its $1.2b loan on the economic downturn witnessed in the country in 2015 and the sharp devaluations of the Naira. It was also reported that Etisalat Nigeria has paid over 40% of the actual loan of $1.2 billion.“The actual outstanding on the Etisalat loan is about $500 million (N165 billion).”

The company also disclosed that it was not being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as widely reported in the media.

Source: ThisDay


  1. Etisalat had never been doing okay right from day one I wish one day they will pay all there dept
    Thanks for sharing this with us bro

    1. The (Etisalat) have been doing well in the area like free cheats

  2. There is gonna be light at the end of the tunnel.

    Thanks for the info

  3. Replies
    1. Abdullah what are you saying, Etisalat had always been there when there is no network, I noticed that there price of data is high than others it's really because of the debt so save them the credit bro

  4. Thanks for the updates bro,

    etimama is cool anyway

  5. etisalat do quick to pay your dept.... cox ar d best in terms of fast browsing

  6. Replies
    1. They will also need your prayers Collinsnonso

  7. Thanks for Your lovely update

  8. Etisalat is a good network
    Fast in browsing
    Please let them settle it amicably

    Oga Wizy nice updates

  9. Etisalat has been doing good to their customer unlike when they high the prices of their data, may God help them to pay their dept , thanks to CBN that intervened!

  10. I disagree with you always has a constant network in Nigeria.

  11. I disagree with you always has a constant network in Nigeria.

  12. I pray that etisalat will pay all their dept because they are very good to their customers and they have a cheat data plan.i pray god will help them.thanks oga wizy for ur informative update.

  13. God help etisalat, they have been doing well in terms of cheat and strong internet connection

  14. thanks oga wizy but etisalat should have always settled their dept when due.i pray god will help them.