Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy said on Saturday that no license has been issued for 5G in Nigeria yet.
The minister’s comment comes amid rumors on social media that 5G technology causes COVID-19, the coronavirus disease that has halted activities in most countries of the world.
In a statement obtained by 9jatoday, Pantami said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government will never seek technological advancement at the expense of the health and well-being of its citizens.
He also noted that the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), “of which I am the President, has not deliberated or released any mass frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G”.
He said that a three-month study started on November 25, “to critically analyze and study the health and safety implications of the 5G deployment in Nigeria.
“As part of the testing process for the study, I instructed the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to make sure that a team of experts, security agencies and other interested parties participate fully in the testing process, and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the test.”
Pantami said the experimental process has been completed and the study and reporting process is currently underway.
“The government will not just act on speculation, but we will make an informed decision about 5G after consultation with experts and the public,” he said. “I also instructed the NCC to involve citizens in any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G.
“I would like to thank the general public for contacting us on this subject. We advise everyone to be sure that the government will always take public welfare, health and safety into account, considering the deployment of any technology. “