The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami dismissed claims that the deployment of 5G network is responsible for the recent coronavirus pandemic.
The social media has been rife with rumours that the recent coronavirus pandemic was triggered by the deployment of 5G network. Many users have also urged the FG to halt the deployment of the technology in Nigeria.
In an interview on Channels Television, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami said he is yet to see any research linking 5G network with Coronavirus amid the discussion on the safety of the network. He said;
“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.
“When it comes to health, we have (the) World Health Organisation and many health bodies.
“I just want you to bring out any research which they have conducted and (in which they) made their position about 5G’s relationship with COVID-19. I am yet to see anyone from the World Health Organisation.
“This is a body that accommodates our experts in health globally. We have ITU, the International Telecommunication Union.
“I just challenge you to let me know one expert or ITU as a body or any other professional body that conducted research and also made it public that this is the position.”
The Minister also revealed that the trial of the 5G network was conducted in Nigeria in November 2019 after it was stalled for about two months, stating that the government is expecting the recommendations from the stakeholders before deciding whether or not to deploy the 5G network.