The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has denied insinuations that Nigeria has already issued licence to Telecom network operators to establish Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria.
The minister’s reaction is coming after the’ve been public outcry to the negative effect of the 5G network to humanity, with some people alleging it is responsible for the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Minister, as the chairman of the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), they’ve never deliberated not to even talk of allocating frequency spectrum for 5G deployment in the country.
“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 said, although there was a 3 months study trial of the 5G network which his office and the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) involved security agencies, experts and other relevant stakeholders. The trial process has been concluded, with the study and reporting process still on going.
“A three 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.”
The honourable Minister assured Nigerians the government of president Mohammadu Buhari, has so much regard for the welfare, health and security of Nigerians, as such the desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of Nigerian citizens.