Senate considering ban on 5G usage due to alleged health concerns

Reports filtering from the Senate on Tuesday, May 5, revealed that the lawmakers are considering a halt on the use of 5th Generation (5G) Network in Nigeria because of health concerns.

The Senate is reported to be contemplating this decision because several countries, including Switzerland; one of the world’s leaders in the rollout of 5G mobile technology, have already placed an indefinite moratorium on the use of 5G network due to health concerns.

Due to the potential impact of the 5G, the Senate mandated its Committees on Communications, Health, Science, and Technology, and ICT and Cyber Crimes to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the status of G5 Network in Nigeria and its technological impact on Nigerians and report back at Plenary in four weeks.

The Committees with Senator Oluremi Tinubu, (APC, Lagos Central) as the lead, should report back in four weeks.

The Committee on Health( Secondary and Tertiary) is chaired by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, APC, Kwara Central; Science and Technology Committee has Senator Uche Ekwunife, PDP, Anambra Central as Chairman; while ICT and Cybercrime are chaired by Senator Useni Yakubu, APC, Kogi Central.

The resolution of the Upper Chamber was a sequel to a motion; titled “the present status of 5th Generation (5G) Network in Nigeria”; sponsored by Senator Ekwunife.

Presenting the motion, Senator Ekwunife said: “The Senate notes with growing concern the ongoing discussion about the current status of the 5th Generation Network in Nigeria; especially with regard to whether or not Nigeria is at present connected to the 5G Network.

“It notes further the concern by some scientists and medical experts that the emissions from the 5G towers could adversely affect the health of citizens by causing symptoms; such as damage to eyes, antibiotics resistance, and other physiological effects on the nervous and the immune systems.”

She said the Senate “further acknowledges that there is neither a conclusive proof; nor has it been universally established that the deployment of 5G network is either harmful to the human body; or is in any way linked to the global pandemic of COVID-19. 

“It is further concerned about the massive infrastructural upgrade as has never been seen before; which will follow the launching of 5G Network in Nigeria.”

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