President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will use the Fifth Generation (5G) network to tackle the activities of Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and other criminals in the country.
President Buhari ordered all security agencies to take full advantage of 5G technology and deploy the network to address the various security challenges facing the country.
The Nigerian leader made this known on Tuesday during the launching of the National Policy on 5G for Nigeria’s Digital Economy in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
In a statement on Tuesday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said the government will deploy 5G to boost the economy, enhance connectivity, improve healthcare, support education and boost agriculture.
He, however, allayed fears over the health safety of 5G, affirming that such issues have been ”effectively addressed” in developing a policy that suits the country.
The statement reads: ”The National 5G Policy will position Nigeria to harness the potentials of 5G technologies to further develop the economy and improve the indices of well-being in the nation.
“5G technology is significantly faster than earlier digital technologies and it provides near real-time communication. This can play a key role in boosting our efforts towards enhancing security across the nation.
”It will enable our security institutions to effectively deploy robotics, autonomous vehicles, augmented and virtual reality to address any security challenges that we face.”
President explained that the National 5G Policy includes a deployment plan to ensure that major cities across the country benefit from the technologies.
Buhari directed the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, to supervise the implementation of the Policy.
The statement added: “He added that the policy, which is in line with the commitment of this administration to supporting the digital economy as an enabler for the diversification of our national economy, also seeks to make 5G a major driver of the economy, a catalyst for smart cities in the country and a platform for the creation of jobs that support digital economy.
“He, therefore, assured investors that the Federal Government would continue to provide an enabling environment for their businesses to be very successful as Nigeria begins the roll-out of the technology.
“President Buhari directed the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, to supervise the implementation of the Policy, being done by the Nigerian Communications Commission with the support of other government institutions.
“The President also used the occasion to provide a rundown of how his administration has created an enabling environment for investments to thrive in Nigeria’s digital economy.
“He recounted that the journey to the launch of the 5G National policy started with the launch of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy in November 2019 as well as the launch of a number of policies to strengthen the digital economy, including the Nigerian National Broadband Plan and the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector.
“He noted that under his watch the agreement of the National Economic Council to peg the cost of the Right of Way at N145 per linear metre which was made in 2013, was only implemented in late 2019, after the intervention of the Federal Government.”