The President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, directed all security institutions to immediately leverage 5G technology to enhance national security when deployed.
He spoke at the launch of the National Policy on 5G for Nigeria’s Digital Economy, saying the Federal Government would take full advantage of the opportunities provided by 5G for the nation’s economy, security, and well-being.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Nigeria looks to 5G technology to address security challenges as President Buhari launches national policy.’
According to him, the President allayed fears over health safety of 5G, affirming that such issues have been “effectively addressed” in developing a policy that suits the country.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had on September 23, 2021 said the 5G network would be deployed in Nigeria in January 2022 and would aid surveillance against vandalism of public assets.
Highlighting the benefits of 5G technologies, Buhari said it could support virtually every sector of the economy, including enhanced connectivity, improved healthcare, support for education while fostering smart cities, and boosting agriculture, among other advantages.