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FG Set To Launch 5G Network In Nigeria

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has disclosed that, the Ministry will soon deploy the Five Generation network in Nigeria for increased connectivity.

Dr Isa Pantami, reportedly disclosed this in Abuja when he featured on FORUM, a special News Agency of Nigeria interview programme.

He stated that, “Our government is a listening one; so we listen to constructive criticisms, respect it and appreciate it and at least we value it.”

He made it known that, “We’d reached advanced stage of 5G, then, an issue came up that 5G was related to COVID-19; many people including the educated ones started circulating it without verification.”

He added that, “Naturally, people are a bit scared and skeptical about technology. So we gave enough time to do more consultation, creating awareness in local languages so as to engage our citizens to address all the challenges.”

According to Pantami, “We set up a technical team that accommodated security, health, and environmental institutions, and the public sector so that we can be on the same page. I want to give you the assurance that the 5G communication network is in the pipeline.”

The Minister also stressed that, “From that spectrum, NCC will give it to mobile operators to start deployment; so, the policy is almost ready. I went to the National Assembly, I defended our presentation and they have accepted and they have also endorsed the deployment of 5G.”

He disclosed that, “They have also encouraged us to learn from other countries that have deployed 5G and we have already done that. The World Health Organisation has issued a statement that there is no relationship between 5G network and COVID-19 and that addresses the health issue.”

He continued that, “Similarly, the International Communications Union (ICU), which is an arm of the UN, also issued another statement debunking any implications from the 5G.”

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