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5G Will Soon Be Deployed in Nigeria – FG

Pantami Becomes First African Fellow Of Information Security Institute

Federal Government of Nigeria says Five Generation network (5G) will soon be deployed in the country.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, says the ministry will soon deploy the Five Generation network (5G) in Nigeria for increased connectivity.

The Minister disclosed this in Abuja when he featured on FORUM, a special News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) interview programme.

Pantami stated that this followed an outcome of thorough investigations, research, and trial absolving the 5G of posing a security or health threat.

While noting that the work on the national policy on 5G stands at 95 per cent done, he added that it will be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in due course.

According to him, the primary concern of government was to ensure the security and welfare of the citizens in their utilisation of services in the telecommunications sector. He, however, blamed the delay in the deployment of the 5G network on conspiracy theories.

It would be recalled that there were concerns that COVID-19 was associated with the deployment of the 5G communications network.

The Minister said, “Our government is a listening one; so we listen to constructive criticisms, respect it and appreciate it and at least we value it.

“We’d reached advanced stage of 5G, then, an issue came up that 5G was related to COVID-19; many people including the educated ones started circulating it without verification.

“Naturally, people are a bit scared and sceptical about technology.

“So we gave enough time to do more consultation, creating awareness in local languages so as to engage our citizens to address all the challenges.

“We set up a technical team that accommodated security, health, and environmental institutions, and the public sector so that we can be on the same page.

“I want to give you the assurance that the 5G communication network is in the pipeline.”

He added that the ministry had started discussions with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) concerning spectrum for commercial purposes.

Pantami said, “From that spectrum, NCC will give it to mobile operators to start deployment; so, the policy is almost ready.

“I went to the National Assembly, I defended our presentation and they have accepted and they have also endorsed the deployment of 5G.

“They have also encouraged us to learn from other countries that have deployed 5G and we have already done that.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a statement that there is no relationship between 5G network and COVID-19 and that addresses the health issue.

“Similarly, the International Communications Union (ICU), which is an arm of the UN, also issued another statement debunking any implications from the 5G.”

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