Update On 5G in Nigeria

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During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, unsubstantiated theories linking COVID-19 to 5G technology were widespread.

On May 5, 2020, the Senate directed a joint committee to investigate the status of 5G in Nigeria and its technological impact on residents.

At a public hearing yesterday Thursday, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, said all evidence, so far, has shown that 5G is safe to use and urged Nigerians to disregard the myths around it.

“The radiation of 4G that we are all using here is more harmful than the 5G,” he said. “The radiation of microwave, oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G.”

However, the Office of the National Security Adviser expressed concern over the technology, saying it could be used for spying and hacking purposes.

The Ministry of Communications is now expected to present a draft national policy on 5G at the Federal Executive Council for consideration.

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