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Senate asks FG to suspend 5G network deployment

The Senate on Tuesday asked the Federal Government to suspend the planned deployment of the Fifth Generation Network in Nigeria.

The red chamber stated this after the deliberation on a motion by Senator Uche Ekwunife, drawing the attention of the senators to the status of the 5G network in the country.

Ekwunife said her motion was borne out of the need to assure Nigerians of their safety by asking the Federal Government to postpone the launch until a proper investigation was carried out.

Moving the motion at plenary, Senator Ekwunife noted with concern, reports by some scientists and medical experts that the emissions from the 5G towers could adversely affect the health of citizens by causing symptoms like damage to eyes, antibiotics resistance, and other physiological effects on the nervous and the immune systems if the network is not properly deployed.

While acknowledging that 5G network may hold a lot of promise for mobile broadband services, Ekwunife harped on the need for Nigeria to be mindful of the recurrent health hazards which are usually associated with technological advancements such as the 5G network. She therefore called for a thorough test prior to the deployment of the new technology.

She noted that investigating the true status of 5G network in Nigeria will ensure that Nigerian citizens are not exposed to an unreasonable risk of great bodily injury or harm.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, said the 5G network deployment remained a controversial issue.

He said the experts should be allowed to handle it and deliberate on the merits and demerits of its deployment.

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele 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.

Consequently, the Senate resolved to Direct its committee on Communication, and the committee on Science and Technology to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the status of 5G Network in Nigeria and its technological impact on Nigerian citizens.

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