NO LICENSE HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 5G IN NIGERIA.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has not issued license for the use of the Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) to any organization in Nigeria.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), stated this in a press statement on Saturday.

Dr. Ibrahim said his attention 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:

i. 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;

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

iii. 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;

iv. 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

v. The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing.

The Minister said 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”.

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.

Dr. Ibrahim thanked the general public for reaching out to his ministry on this issue and advised 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.

Meanwhile a report from China says some youths have started destroying 5G masts in the country.

- Eniola Olatunji.

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