FG Gives Update On 5G Network Installation, Lists Advantages
Federal Government has insisted on the installation of the 5G Spectrum network in Nigeria, saying it is good for the economy and the nation’s social transformation.
Naija News reports that the government noted this through the Executive Vice Chairman of the National Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta.
Danbatta who was defending the installation of the Fifth Generation Network today in Abuja said Nigerians should get rid of fear over possible health challenges allegedly accompanied by the network, noting that the government is also concerned with the health and well-being of its citizens.
The NCC chairman maintained that the government share the same concern because it is justified and “we have been sensitizing Nigerians about the safety of the new technology. The 5G network we are going to launch has no harm.”
“Up till date, there is no credible evidence about the health hazard of the 5G technology, therefore it is safe,” Danbatta stressed.
Danbatta further disclosed that with the launch of the Computer Incidence Response Team, telecommunications networks across the country are secured against any form of cyber attack.
It could be recalled that the Senate in May 2020 directed the federal government to suspend the planned deployment of the 5G network in the country following the fears that it would constitute health hazards to human lives.
Naija News understands that the senate’s resolution followed a motion sponsored by Senator Uche Ekwunife (PDP Anambra Central), who in her lead debate said there were growing concerns on the ongoing discussion about the current status of the 5G network in Nigeria, especially in regards to the question, “if Nigeria is presently connected to 5G.”
Danbatta, however, while appearing before the National Assembly joint Committee on Communications to defend his commission’s 2022 budget proposal, maintained that the new generation of network is harmless.
Speaking on the 2022 budget, the NCC boss gave a total of N632.39billion proposal as revenue generation by the commission, explaining that the revenue would be realised through the sale of network and fines, among others.
For the commission’s main budget, a sum of N86.2billion is proposed for recurrent expenditures, N29.36billion for capital while N2.55billion is earmarked for special projects.