MTN Group has asked the Nigerian Securities & Exchange Commission for permission to proceed with a listing of its shares, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The company, Africa’s biggest mobile phone company by subscribers, applied to the Abuja-based SEC for a registration of shares and a listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, said the people who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorised to speak publicly about the matter.

MTN appointed former Nigeria central bank governor Lamido Sanusi to its board on Friday as part of the preparation for the listing and after the conversion of its Nigerian unit into a public company last week.

The listing in Africa’s most populous nation is a condition of the settlement of a US$1-billion regulatory fine three years ago.  — Reported by Emele Onu and Anthony Osae-Brown, (c) 2019 Bloomberg LP