– The NSA has raised concerns over the deployment of 5G network in Nigeria
– The fear is that the network will be a threat to security in the nation
– However, the federal government, through the minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has said that there is no cause for alarm
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In an effort to ensure security throughout Nigeria, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has warned against the proposed deployment of the fifth-generation network (5G).
According to Bala Fakandu, the head of communications in ONSA, the deployment is a threat to security in the country, AIT reports.
Fakandu made this claim during an investigative public hearing on the current status of the 5G network in Nigeria.
However, the minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, said the federal government has taken advised procedures to make sure everything is put in place for the deployment.
Pantami said what is only needed at the moment is the completion of the draft national policy that will drive the process into motion.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had cleared the air over the viral rumours that Nigeria’s telecoms industry would switch to 5G network on Tuesday, May 12.
The NCC through a statement by its spokesman Henry Nkemmadu, on Monday, May 11, said the rumours were false.
In the statement, the commission stated that there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment.
Legit.ng noted that the NCC had in 2019 approved a trial test for 5G for a period of three months. The trial has been concluded and installations decommissioned.
NCC’s executive vice-chairman, Umar Danbata, in the statement, said the trial, among others, was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.