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Senate asks FG to suspend proposed 5G network deployment in Nigeria

Valentine Chinyem

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The Senate has asked the Federal Government to suspend its plans to deploy the Fifth Generation(5G) Network in the country.

After much deliberation on the network, Senator Uche Ekwunife, moved a motion which drew the attention of the senators to the status of the 5G network in Nigeria.

She said FG needs to assure Nigerians of their safety, hence the need to postpone the launch until a proper investigation was carried out.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, said the 5G network is still controversial issue, across the world.

He added that experts should be allowed to handle it and deliberate on the advantages and disavantages of the 5G network.

More so, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele while speaking on the proposed network, said it would be irresponsible of any government to subscribe to a technology that won’t be safe for its citizens.

He noted that no scientific research has been done by any agency of the Federal Government on the 5G network.

He said countries in Europe were already investigating the implications of the deployment and wondered why Nigeria had yet to do so.

The Senate therefore asked its committees on Communication, Science, Technology and ICT, and that of Health to conduct a thorough investigation with a view to determining the status of the 5G network in the country.

In the interim, the red chamber asked the relevant federal agency supervising the ICT operations in the country to suspend the 5G deployment until a thorough probe to determine its suitability for human health had been achieved.

The joint committees are however, expected to submit their report within four weeks.