Mobile phone operators in Nigeria, yesterday, warned that their networks face shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation for the past few weeks.
The warning from MTN and Airtel is a sign that businesses across the nation are now being hard hit.
In its reaction, Airtel said yesterday that the situation was impacting negatively on its commitments to delivering quality services and seamless telephony experience to Nigerians.
Airtel said in a statement: “We are currently doing everything within our means, as well as going the extra mile, to ensure that all our base stations and switches are up and running.
“It is sad to note that it is becoming increasingly difficult to replenish current stock of diesel due to the lingering scarcity of the products.
“We are also concerned that, if the situation persists, it may have adverse effects on our network, impacting both voice and data services.
“Airtel, therefore, wishes to assure all customers that we will continue working with all our partners and stakeholders to mitigate any negative impact, as we remain committed to our promise of providing exceptional services just as we seek the cooperation and understanding of all while apologising for any inconvenience at this time.”
Similarly, MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation.
The company, the biggest subsidiary of South Africa-based MTN Group, said it needed a “significant quantity of diesel in the very near future to prevent a shut-down of services across Nigeria.
“If diesel supplies are not received within the next 24 hours, the network will be seriously degraded and customers will feel the impact,” it added on its Twitter account, @MTNNG, weekend.
“Diesel generators power most of MTN’s base stations and switches across the country, but fuel supplies are running low,” MTN Corporate Services Executive, Akinwale Goodluck, said.
Meanwhile, at press time, attempt to get reaction from Glo and Etisalat failed.