5G Network : We Won't Act On Speculations - FG - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, April 4, 2020

5G Network : We Won't Act On Speculations - FG

... Says No licence issued for 5G in Nigeria

From Jane Okafor, Abuja

Federal Government on Saturday said it would not take decision on the 5th Generation (5G) telecom network based on the speculations making the rounds on the social media and the attendant concern been expressed by Nigerians over the health implications.

The FG added that on the contrary, it would take an informed decision on the new technology in the telecom industry based on experts opinion.

In a statement by Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, he disclosed that no licence has yet been issued any telecom operator in the country for 5G operation, assuring that President Muhammadu Buhari, places a premium on the welfare, health and security of Nigerians.

He stated: "The attention of my office has been drawn to the public concern about the health implications of the deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria. Based on available records at my office and the earlier report received from the regulator, I would like to clarify as follows:

"The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), of which I am the Chairman, has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G;

"No license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country;

"A 3-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria;

" As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participate in the trial process and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the trial; and

 "The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing. His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, places a premium on the welfare, health and security of Nigerians. 

As such, our desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of our citizens.

"Government will not act on the speculations only, but rather we will take an informed decision on 5G after due consultation with experts and the public.  I have also directed the NCC to engage citizens on any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G.

"I wish to thank the general public for reaching out to us on this issue. We advise you all to remain rest assured that government will always take the welfare, health and security of the public into account while considering the deployment of any technology."

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