The Minister of Communication, Dr Isah Ibrahim Pantami says,government will always take the welfare, health and security of the public into account while considering the deployment of any technology.
In a statement aimed at allaying fears over the use of 5G in Nigeria, the Minister said,”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;”
He however said a trial period of three months commenced in November 2019 to ascertain the suitability of 5 G.
“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”
He assured Nigerians that Government is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerians which it values over technological advancement.
“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”.
Pantami said He had also directed the NCC to engage citizens on any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G.