The Nigeria Senate on Tuesday asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to halt the introduction of the 5G Network pending the report of its investigation.
The Senate, in its resolution, directed its committees on Communications, Science & Technology, ICT & Cyber Crimes and Health to thoroughly investigate the proposed introduction of the 5G Network to determine the status of the technology in Nigeria and its potential impact on the citizens.
The Upper Legislative chamber asked the committees to report back to the plenary in four weeks.
While delivering her motion at plenary, Senator Ekwunife urged her colleagues to note with growing concern the ongoing discussion about the current status of the 5G Network in Nigeria.
She said: “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.
“Acknowledges that 5G reportedly holds a lot of promise for mobile broadband services because of its faster speed and better capacity.
“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.
“Concerned that they uncertainty surrounding whether or not the 5G Network has been launched in Nigeria will continue to fuel the speculations and rumours concerning the deployment of the 5G Network and its effects on the citizens of Nigeria.
“Further concerned about the massive infrastructural upgrade as has never been seen before which will follow the launching of 5G Network in Nigeria.
“Desirous of investigating the true status of 5G Network in Nigeria to ensure that Nigerian citizens are not exposed to an unreasonable risk of great bodily injury or harm.”