The minister for communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Pantami has dismissed reports of Nigeria deploying 5G.
This is coming amidst reports and speculations that 5G is responsible for the current pandemic of Coronavirus.
In a statement issued by the minister o Saturday, the minister said the government desires for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of our citizens.
Giving updates on the deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria, he noted that “no license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country.”
According to him, “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.”
“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.
“The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing and I have also directed NCC to engage citizens on any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G,” Pantami stated.
Pantami assured citizens that the government will always take the welfare, health and security of the public into account while considering the deployment of any technology.
“His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, 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,” he said.
He added that “the 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.”