The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami has sounded the warning that government will resist attempt by stakeholders to exploit the 5G technology after it goes into effect.
Pantami stated this when he received the Security and Emergency Management Award (SAEMA) for his implementation of policies; against cyber attacks and related crimes on Monday, August 30.
The Minister recalled that since assuming office; security agencies have been getting the Ministry’s support regarding technology, adding, “It is their work to leverage technology, it is not our duty to say this is what to achieve. What they require, we have provided 100 per cent and we will continue to do that”.
The Minister explained that government started the 5G process in 2020 but was confronted with the COVID-19 conspiracy theory.
Pantami cited the declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that 5G and coronavirus were not related.
The Draft Policy would be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) after the Working Group concludes its assignment.
The team comprises professionals in technology, health, environment, and security sectors.
“They have been working for over one year on the policy of deployment of 5G in Nigeria. We want to be sure there is no vacuum that can exploited to the detriment of the citizens”, Pantami added.
The Minister said after FEC’s approval, the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) will assign Spectrum to the NCC for onward release to telcos and internet service providers.