Twitter will soon resume access in Nigeria after it was banned in June last year. People in the West African country had to resort to using VPNs to access the social media network.
The popular platform had deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s controversial tweet. the Nigerian Federal government suspended Twitter’s operations indefinitely since the beginning of June.
Negotiations ensued between Twitter and the Federal government to lift the ban. They imposed several conditions to be met by Twitter before that could happen and the social platform including:
- Have a Nigerian office
- Have a country representative
- Register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)/get National Broadcasting Commission’s licence
- Sensitive to national security and cohesion. It must not undermine the nation’s security
- Train Nigerian IT personnel and strategic intelligence officers on how to report twitter abuse /infractions noticed by the government.
- Payment of fair taxes
The Nation Online NG reports that a source told them that Twitter has met the six conditions.
Twitter will soon open an office in the country sometime this year as it has been included in this year’s budget.
The social network also has a country representative who the Federal government can charge in case of any infractions.
Twitter will also comply with the country’s revenue law and start paying taxes.
Twitter will soon operate in Nigeria after registering with the CAC.
The Federal Government set up a Technical Committee to resolve this issue and will make a final recommendation to Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President.
The publication also reports that the president has agreed to restore Twitter’s operations in the country.
Nigeria will become the second African country following its official entry in Ghana last year.
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