The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta on Monday in Abuja again clarified that Nigerians are safe with the introduction of the Fifth Generation Network, otherwise known as 5G network.
This was even as he also disclosed that with the launch of Computer Incidence Response Team, telecommunications network across the country are secured against any form of cyber attack.
The Senate had in May 2020 directed the federal government to suspend the planned deployment of the 5G network in the country following the fears that it would constitute health hazards to human lives.
Resolution of the upper legislative chamber followed a motion sponsored by Senator Uche Ekwunife (PDP Anambra Central), who in her lead debate said there were growing concerns on the ongoing discussion about the current status of 5G network in Nigeria, especially in regards to the question, “if Nigeria is presently connected to 5G.”
But the NCC boss, while appearing before the National Assembly joint Committee on Communications to defend his commission’s 2022 budget proposal, maintained that there’s no any harm associated with the new technology.
“Concerning the fear about the 5G spectrum, we share the same concern because it is justify and we have been sensitizing Nigerians about the safety of the new technology. The 5G network we are going to launch has no harm.”
“Up till date, there is no credible evidence about the health hazard of the 5G technology, therefore it is safe,” he stressed.
According to him, the 5G Spectrum network is good for the economy and the nation’s social transformation.
On the 2022 budget, the NCC boss gave a total of N632.39billion proposal as revenue generation by the commission, explaining that the revenue would be realised through the sale of network and fines, among others.
For the commission’s main budget, a sum of N86.2billion is proposed for recurrent expenditures, N29.36billion for capital while N2.55billion is earmarked for special projects.