EDITORIAL: Why Pantami Must Step Aside From Government

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has asked Nigerians to ignore the expression of concerns by some persons about the fifth-generation (5G) network, stating that the 5G networks are not in any way harmful.

Pantami stated this after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Wednesday September 8,

where he also spoke about the approval of the National Policy on fifth-generation (5G) network in Nigeria.

According to him, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

have confirmed the network is not harmful to people’s health.

Isa Patami Said:

“Both of them confirm that there are no any adverse health effects of 5G and it has not been proven to be any harmful to our health.

Most importantly, even its frequency and radiation is even lower than that of 4G, and it is lower than

the televisions and microwave we have at home. So, they have already issued that. They explained about its safety,

and also advising nations on the regulations and the standards of usage in the course of the deployment.

Also, directing and ensuring the compliance of the Nigerian Communications Commission on all standards, and regulations. And furthermore, you will all recall that in order to create awareness and sensitize

our citizens, the Nigerian Communications Commission has been reaching out to citizens through local languages

to tell them the advantages of 5G and where we need it.”

The Minister stressed that the benefits of using a 5G network include larger capacity, higher data rates among

other economic, health, security, and educational opportunities.

“That policy has been approved by the Federal Executive Council today. Furthermore, the policy discusses

the benefits to be attained through the deployment of 5G in Nigeria and in any part of the world which

includes lower latency, larger capacity, and higher data rate.

These are the three major benefits of the fifth generation. And in a simple language, we can say it will open many

opportunities economically, academically, educationally, and even in the health sector. And it will also support

our security institutions, particularly in areas where they need high-quality services.”

Pantami’s comment comes amid concerns over the deployment of the 5G network, especially its purported linkage with the COVID-19 outbreak.

By Taiyelolu A

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