NCC Targets Over N400Bn Revenue From Spectrum Auction In 2022

Yemisi Izuora

The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Communication Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has assured the federal government that the Commission is sure of raising as much as N400 billion in revenue from spectrum auction in 2022.

The EVC further clarified that there is no empirical evidence showing that 5G network has any health implications.

Danbatta gave the assurance during his appearance before the National Assembly joint Committee on Communications to defend NCC’s 2022 budget proposal on Monday, November 8.

Danbatta said the agency proposed to generate N632.39bn in 2022 from the sale of the 5G spectrum to telecommunications firms, among other revenue sources.

He said, “The revenue would be realised through the sales of 5G spectrum, fines among others.

“Concerning the fears about the 5G spectrum, we share the same concern because it is justified and we have been sensitising 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 said, “There is no medical evidence from the World Health Organisation indicating any harmful effect of the spectrum on the health of the end-users.

“NCC has enjoined Nigerians at the national level to disabuse their minds on the purported harmful effect of the spectrum and we will continue to sensitise them on the spectrum until everybody embraces the use of the 5G network,” he explained.

According to him, with the launch of Computer Incidence Response Team; telecommunications networks across the country are secured against any form of cyber attack.

“Recently, not up to a month ago, the Commission unveiled its computer incidence responsive; which is a certified round protection for cyber attacks against telecommunication network.

“I am very very proud to bring this information to the knowledge of the general public; that all over the country our computers are secured from cyber attacks.

“This effort is going to be intensified in order to ensure the safety of our computers,” he noted.

On the agency’s budget, he said a sum of N86.2bn was proposed for recurrent expenditures, N29.36bn is for Capital; while N2.55bn was earmarked for Special Projects.

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