The Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Isa Ali Pantami, says he’s not conscious of any analysis by worldwide physique linking 5G community with COVID-19.
Pantami stated this throughout an look on Channels Tv’s Information At 10 on Sunday, amid an argument over the security of the community and theories linking it with the coronavirus pandemic.
Requested concerning the speculations concerning the community and its security, the minister dismissed them saying that the federal government doesn’t take choices primarily based on on-line speculations.
“Firstly, it is not what is said online that government will work with. We are always taking decisions based on the opinions of experts, based on research,” he stated.
Explaining additional, the minister stated the main world our bodies concerned in well being issues and the worldwide telecom industries haven’t discovered any hyperlink between 5G community and coronavirus.
He stated, “In relation to well being, we have now (the) World Well being Organisation and lots of well being our bodies.
“I simply need you to carry out any analysis which they’ve carried out and (through which they) made their place about 5G’s relationship with COVID-19. I’m but to see anybody from the World Well being Organisation.”
(FILE) Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Isa Pantami.
“It is a physique that accommodates our specialists in well being globally. We now have ITU, the Worldwide Telecommunication Union.
“I simply problem you to let me know one knowledgeable or ITU as a physique or every other skilled physique that carried out analysis and in addition made it public that that is the place,” the minister pressured.
He, nevertheless, revealed that a trial was carried out in November 2019 after it was stalled for about two months.
Pantami defined that the train couldn’t go in September as a result of they wanted to accommodate all essential stakeholders.
He stated he personally took the trial whereas stakeholders have been invited and got the problem to overview the trial and provide you with suggestions.
In accordance with the minister, the federal government is anticipating the suggestions from the stakeholders earlier than deciding whether or not or to not deploy the 5G community.
He famous that Uganda and Kenya have been ready to deploy the community however the Nigerian authorities was very a lot involved concerning the security of the lives and properties of its residents.
“There isn’t a approval for any operator to deploy 5G; this resolution will likely be taken after analysis and we’re taking our time. Many international locations deployed 5g – the US, UK, Germany, South Korea, India, and lots of extra.
“We’re not in any method dashing; we’re extra thinking about doing an in depth investigation in order that we will come out with one thing tangible,” stated Pantami