The Senate on Tuesday asked the Federal Government to suspend the planned deployment of the Fifth Generation Network in Nigeria.
The red chamber stated this after the deliberation on a motion by Senator Uche Ekwunife , drawing the attention of the senators to the status of the 5 G network in the country.
Ekwunife said her motion was borne out of the need to assure Nigerians of their safety by asking the Federal Government to postpone the launch until a proper investigation was carried out.
The Deputy Majority Leader , Senator Ajayi Boroffice , said the 5 G network deployment remained a controversial issue.
He said the experts should be allowed to handle it and deliberate on the merits and demerits of its deployment .
Senator Opeyemi Bamidele said it would be irresponsible of any government to subscribe to a technology that won ’ t be safe for its citizens.
He noted that no scientific research has been done by any agency of the Federal Government on the 5 G network.
He said countries in Europe were already investigating the implications of the deployment and wondered why Nigeria had yet to do so .
The Senate therefore asked its committees on Communication , Science, Technology and ICT , and that of Health to conduct a thorough investigation with a view to determining the status of the 5 G network in the country.
In the interim, the red chamber asked the relevant federal agency supervising the ICT operations in the country to suspend the 5 G deployment until a thorough probe to determine its suitability for human health had been achieved .
The joint committees were asked to submit its report within four weeks .
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