NO LICENCE HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 5G IN NIGERIA

The attention of my office has been drawn to the public concern about the health implications of the deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria. Based on available records at my office and the earlier report received from the regulator, I would like to clarify as follows:

  1. The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), of which I am the Chairman, has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G;
  2. No license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country;
  • A 3-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria;
  1. As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participate in the trial process and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the trial; and
  2. The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing.

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GALAXY BACKBONE DEPLOYS TELEPRESENCE FACILITIES AT 123 LOCATIONS AND HAS ADDITIONAL CAPACITY TO SUPPORT MORE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS

At this critical stage of efforts to limit the spread of the COVID -19 in the country, the Federal Government is applying measures to safeguard its personnel by using Telepresence facilities deployed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE), through the Galaxy Backbone (GBB) Limited, a parastatal under the ministry.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has earlier directed GBB to utilize its highly secure Government-wide Telepresence and Collaboration facilities, to ensure government functions continue while maintaining social distancing. They have complied by positioning their Telepresence and Collaboration facilities to ensure productivity, enhance security and reduce the cost of communication during this period.

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EMPOWERING NIGERIANS THROUGH THE DIGITAL NIGERIA PROGRAMME

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, launched the Digital Nigeria Programme on the 19th of March, 2020 as "one of Federal Government’s key initiatives that will empower innovators and entrepreneurs with skills required to thrive in our emerging digital economy".

In furtherance to this, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, is promoting options for digital training for Nigerians. This is especially important at a time when the world stays home to combat the spread of ‪COVID-19.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is partnering with a number of institutions to enable Nigerians acquire cutting edge digital skills within the comfort of their homes.  One of such partnerships is based on the MoU signed with IBM on the 16th of January, 2020.  Through this partnership and as part of the IBM Digital Nation Africa programme, the Ministry will be providing Nigerians with over 280+ hours of free learning & 85+ courses on key emerging technologies like:

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Use of Video Conferencing and Video IP Phones Facilities for Essential Meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly recommended to exercise measures such as social distancing as a necessary precaution towards curbing the spread of the deadly and highly infectious virus.

With the disease known to spread primarily through contact with infected persons, surfaces or environments, there is a need for civil servants and the workforce in the country to minimize physical and face-to-face meetings.

In light of this, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM encourages MDAs and civil servants to use the Federal Government's Unified Communication Services (UCS) platform available to provide reliable and secure audio and video communication within the 1Gov network.

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INDISCIPLINE CANNOT BE TOLERATED UNDER THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY

Our attention has been drawn to a video clip, which is currently trending on Social Media, maliciously targeting the person and office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN. The three minutes and one second video which was edited from the live coverage of the commissioning of key projects of the Ministry, by the President on Thursday, 19th March 2020 was accompanied by a write up from a faceless writer, which reeks of falsehood.

The President, attended the event on the invitation of the Honourable Minister, and it was paramount that His Excellency’s timing be strictly adhered to, as earlier agreed at the preparatory meeting in the Presidential Villa, that all speakers at the event will; Adhere to the time allocated to them and, limit their presentations to the responsibility(ies) assigned to them. The Honourable Minister regulated the speeches of both speakers namely, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

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