The Senate has said that it will investigate the status of the 5G Communication network in Nigeria and how the technological impact will affect Nigerians. Senator Uche Ekwunife sponsored the motion during plenary on Tuesday. She raised concerns about the uncertainty of whether or not 5G has been launched in Nigeria.
She further raised concerns 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 immune system. “Mindful of the recurrent health hazards which are usually associated with technological advancements such as the 5G network and the need to conduct a thorough test prior to the deployment of new technology”.
The lawmakers, therefore, mandated its committees on Communication, Public Health, Science, and Technology to carry out the investigation and report back within four weeks. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had on April 4, 2020, said no licence has been issued for 5G in Nigeria.
The Minister’s comment comes amid rumors circulating on social media that 5G technology causes COVID-19, the coronavirus disease that has put most of the world on hold.