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Communication ministry to give draft policy on 5G network at FEC – Pantami.

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The public hearing was organised by the Senate Joint Committees on Communication, Science and Technology, ICT, Cyber-Crime and Primary Health Care.

The Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, says it plans to present a draft national policy on the Five Generation network (5G) at the Federal Executive Council for consideration.

Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami said this at an investigative hearing on the status and impact of the 5G network in Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

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The public hearing was organised by the Senate Joint Committees on Communication, Science and Technology, ICT, Cyber-Crime and Primary Health Care.

Pantami said the presentation of the draft policy would be done at the end of research on the 5G network.

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“We have not gotten there, whether we will deploy 5G, but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.

“We are not operating in circles, the Nigerian telecommunication sector is part and parcel of the International Telecommunication Union(ITU).

“Where issues of telecommunication technology and its impacts are been discussed.

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” At the international level, we are in the process of compiling our final position.

“And most of our position will be part of the draft national policy which will be presented at the Federal Executive Council. (FEC),” he said.

He said the primary concern of the government was to ensure the security and welfare of Nigerians, even in their activities in the telecommunication sector.

He said the trial on the impact of 5G in Nigeria was approved by the Federal Government in some selected cities like Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta and Calabar.

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“On Sept. 25, 2019, we conducted the first trial on 5G in Nigeria. In order to demonstrate trust and prove leadership by example.

” I personally pledged to make a trial so if there is any security implication or medical implication, then I would be number one victim.

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“And if there is any relationship with COVID-19, I will be the first victim, to date I have not contracted the virus. And I did a test up to ten times, so I did the trial personally.

“The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges,” he said.

Pantami added: “The only issue being raised is about radiation, but people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G.

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“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G.

“The radiation of even the smartphone itself is even more harmful than that of 5G.”

President of Senate, Ahmed Lawan, while declaring the event open said that the investigative hearing was crucial given the controversy surrounding the 5G network.

“We all remember the surrounding disagreements, following the outbreak of the COVID-19.

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“It was one controversy that needed clarifications, not just from the government or the public sector, but from the private sector,” he said.

He said there were concerns that COVID-19 was associated with the deployment of the 5G communication network.

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Gov’t adjust NIN-SIM registration deadline again.

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The extension was conveyed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

The Federal Government has extended the linkage of the National Identity Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) by eight weeks, Noble Reporters Media gathers

Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, who disclosed this in a message to our correspondent, said the extension was conveyed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

Pantami conveyed the message during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which held on the 1st of February, 2021.

It said the new deadline is now April 6, 2021.

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#Newsworthy

Suspend licence fees for logistics – Pantami order NIPOST

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The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, on Saturday ordered the suspension of an increase in license fees for courier and logistic services planned by the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).

“Our attention has been drawn to an increase of licence fee, which was not part of the regulation I earlier APPROVED for you,” Pantami said via his verified Twitter profile. “Your Chair and PMG were YESTERDAY contacted to put the implementation on hold and send a report to our ministry by Monday. Best wishes!”

The Minister added that “any change of fee” must be approved by him before implementation.

A memo announcing the increase in license fees for courier and logistics services started to circulate on social media on Friday.

A number of Nigerians felt the move would cripple small businesses and further deplete economic activity amid a pandemic.

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One Chiedu Chiadika started a petition on change.org and had garnered over 12,500 signatures as of Saturday evening.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami

According to the petition, “NIPOST are implementing a senseless fee for grant of Courier and Logistic License which is poised at putting hardworking Nigerians out of business in an economy that is already in ruins.”

Pantami responded on Saturday after several persons mentioned him on Twitter with respect to the burgeoning conversation around the fees.

The Minister had earlier approved new regulations for the courier and logistics industry but said on Saturday that an increase in license fees was not part of the package.


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Abike Dabiri blast Pantami amid ‘Lie’


Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, has accused Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, of telling lies despite being an Islamic scholar.

NobleReporters had learnt of how Dabiri-Erewa accused Pantami of chasing her and her staff out of a space offered to them by the Nigerian Communications Commission with armed security personnel.

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She said staff were not even allowed to take their property after the armed men sealed the office.

In response, Pantami described Dabiri-Erewa’s allegation as “a big fat lie”.

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Abike Dabiri-Erewa fight with Pantami get Messier. ‘Dirty Game’

He said, “This is a fat lie from her. The owner of the building @NgComCommission has faulted her lies on their social media platforms. The minister has never given that directive to any gunman. We need to be very objective in reporting. I have never sent any gunmen there, and I have no one.”

Responding to Pantami’s comments, Dabiri-Erewa said the minister did that to her because she was a woman.

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She said, “An Islamic scholar should not lie hon minister (Phd). You did that to me because I am a woman. Your disrespect for women is legendary. Left the ugly incident behind me since February.

“But pls release all our office equipment. Public office is transient.‪”


#Newsworthy…

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Abike Dabiri-Erewa fight with Pantami get Messier. ‘Dirty Game’


After a series of confrontations between Nigeria’s communication and digital economy minister Isa Pantami and chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the fight over an office space took another turn late Sunday.

The disagreement between both government officials became public after NiDCOM published a video in February on its Twitter and accused Pantami of masterminding the eviction of its staff from office space at the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) building in Abuja.

NCC is under the control of the ministry Pantami heads.

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Dabiri-Erewa doubled down on that claim in an interview. The interview was aired on Friday and was later published.

But Pantami said on Twitter on Sunday that he was responsible for the eviction, claiming that the media reports did not tell “a true story.”

He has since deleted the tweet.

Dabiri-Erewa, however, insisted that Pantami was to be blamed for the problem, stopping just short of calling the minister a liar.

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She accused the minister of disrespecting her because she is a woman.

“An Islamic scholar should not lie Hon Minister,” Dabiri-Erewa tweeted, “You did that to me cos I am a woman. Your disrespect for women is legendary.”

“Left the ugly incident behind me since Feb. But pls release all our office equipment. Public office is transient.”

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She asked the minister to “tell us where he locked up our equipment and release them. After the lockdown, we will settle for some options we already have.”

The missing properties, NiDCOM spokesman Abdur-Rahman Balogun said, include two units of single face data ports, 24 port patch panel, Mikrotik RB 750G router, Mikrotik cloud router switch, two Headsets with microphones, two Digital PABX, 4u Server racks, Patch cables, HP desk jet 1012 all in one printer, files and documents.

NCC in a statement by its spokesman Henry Nkemadu dismissed the claims on Sunday and said the report of forceful eviction was not true.

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Pantami in a tweet thereafter accused NiDCOM chairman of telling a “Big fat lie” and did not provide any explanation of events that led to the alleged eviction. He also did not speak on the allegation that NiDCOM’s working equipment was locked up in NCC building

The had since then deleted the tweet where he spoke on the issue, accusing NiDCOM chairman of telling lies.


#Newsworthy…

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