By Chinenye Anuforo
The nationwide roadshow of Giant telecommunication company, MTN to engage Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity to own a bit of the share of the company.through the ongoing public offer has commenced.
MTN had earlier announced the sell-down of 575 million shares in MTN Nigeria to shore up local content in its shareholding.
The roadshow kicked off in Abuja on December 1, 2021, and is intended to maximize participation by Nigerians to own a share of one of the most capitalized companies on Nigerian Exchange Limited.
The roadshow gained traction in Sokoto state where the team went from Abuja on the 2nd of December to offer northern investors the opportunity to own a share of MTN. At the occasion, a seven-month-old baby Abubakar Muhammad Jiddah, made history as the first subscriber of 20 shares while another baby Hamida Sulaiman who is one year old also purchased a tranche of 20 shares making her the second baby to hold a share in MTN from the state and its environs. Abubarkar’s mother, Sadiya Sani Garba and Hamida’s mother Hafsat Abdulrasaq braved all odds to attend the Sokoto event, indicating interest in becoming shareholders in Nigeria’s largest telecoms company. Addressing potential investors in Sokoto, Olutokun Toriola, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, urged people from the region to embrace this opportunity which Modupe Kadri, Chief Financial Officer, MTN Nigeria described as democratized participation in share sales.Bashir Mohammed Gidado, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry and a former employee of MTN Nigeria, urged participants to go to their villages, churches and mosques and tell their people to invest in MTN expressing happiness that MTN chose Sokoto state as the first port of call after launching the scheme in Abuja.The occasion was graced by representatives of the Emirate, members of Kebbi and Sokoto chamber of commerce and other stakeholders within and outside Sokoto state.With an estimated subscriber base of 69 million people in Nigeria, MTN which was listed on the Nigerian Stock exchange two years ago says the shares opportunity is open to everyone and its subscription will be technologically processed.The Offer which opened at 8:00 am on December 1, 2021 is expected to close at 5:00 pm on December 14, 2021 with a minimum subscription of 20 shares and lots of 20 shares thereafter. Subscribers are also offered one free share for every 20 shares they buy. However, the free share has a maximum cap of 250 free shares when 5,000 shares are bought with the condition that the buyer holds the shares for 12 months after they are bought.