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Nigeria: Senate suspends 5G rollout for delay in safety report

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Nigerian Senate has suspended 5G rollout due to the delay in the Committee report that should ascertain the safety of the technology on the citizens across the country.

The lawmaker reached this decision following the consideration of a motion sponsored by Senator Lilian Ekwunife (PDP, Anambra-Central) entitled ‘The present status of 5th Generation (5) Network in Nigeria’.

They were unanimous that since experts in the communications sector were yet to conclude reports that 5G deployment will pose a health challenge the fifth generation technology rollout should be suspended across the country.

Government had set up  a committee made of Communications, Science and Technology, ICT & Cyber Crimes to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the status of the 5G network in Nigeria and its technological impact on Nigerian citizens and report back within four weeks.

Till now the committee is yet to issue statement.

The lawmakers no doubt were upbeat about the potentials of 5G technology. Senator Ekwunife was quoted as saying that “5G reportedly holds a lot of promise for mobile broadband services because of its faster speed and better capacity.

“There is neither a conclusive proof nor has it been universally established that the deployment of 5G Network is neither harmful to the human body or is in anyway linked to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

“A lot of countries like South Korea, United Kingdom and Germany have successfully deployed and are using the 5G Network.”

She mentioned the uncertainty surrounding the launch of the 5G network in Nigeria “and its effect on the citizens of Nigeria.

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“Several countries, including Switzerland, one of the world leaders in the rollout of 5G mobile technology, has placed an indefinite moratorium on the use of 5G network because of health concerns.”

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