The Federal Government has said that Twitter has agreed to set up a Nigerian office in 2022.
Recall that over two months ago, the micro-blogging site was banned in the country, however, after certain levels of agreement were reached, the ban on the social networking site will soon be lifted.
This was disclosed to State House correspondents on Wednesday, by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The Minister said: “I want to say that the end for an amicable solution is very much in sight.
“We quite appreciate the anxiety of Nigerians, I just want to assure you that we have made tremendous progress.
“As a matter of fact, is to the credit of Twitter that they admitted that they’ve never received any kind of informed or detailed communication from any country as they have received from us. Not only did they promise that they were going to look into it, but we made very clear what we wanted from Twitter.
“One of the conditions that we set was that Twitter, in line with Nigeria’s Companies and Allied Matters Act, should establish a presence in Nigeria with registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
“We also asked that Twitter shall be mandated to employ a designated country representative. We also asked Twitter to register with relevant regulatory authorities like NIPDA, like NCC, broadcasting commission. If you make money from Nigeria, you pay taxes according to Nigeria laws.”
While speaking on the soon to be established Twitter Nigerian-based office, Mohammed maintained that the “earliest it can establish that is 2022. We have that everything will be ironed out with Twitter within a few days or weeks.”
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