The Federal Government has denied issuing licence for the deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Networks technology in Nigeria.
The denial came amid concerns by Nigerians over the linkage of the deployment of 5G technology to the Coronavirus Disease.
Several social media videos and postings have alleged that COVID-19 remains traceable to the 5G technology.
Some ridiculous ones alleged that countries that had COVID-19 were those whose leaders had conceded to the lure of the Chinese Government that was offering them $1 billion to allow the deployment of the technology in their domain.
But speaking on the issue on Saturday, the Federal Government said it had not approved licence for the deployment of 5G technology in the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, made the position of the Federal Government known in a statement.
Pantami said: “The attention of my office has been drawn to the public concern about the health implications of the deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria. Based on available records at my office and the earlier report received from the regulator, I would like to clarify as follows:
“i. The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), of which I am the Chairman, has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G;
“ii. No license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country;
“iii. A 3-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria;
“iv. As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participate in the trial process and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the trial; and
“v. The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing.
“His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, places a premium on the welfare, health and security of Nigerians. As such, our desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of our citizens.
“Government will not act on the speculations only, but rather we will take an informed decision on 5G after due consultation with experts and the public. I have also directed the NCC to engage citizens on any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G.
“I wish to thank the general public for reaching out to us on this issue. We advise you all to remain rest assured that government will always take the welfare, health and security of the public into account while considering the deployment of any technology.”